When a member of the British Royal Family is photographed in a comprising position, it sets into motion events that led to one of the largest bank heists in the history of England in the taut thriller, “The Bank Job.
The story is jump-started when super-secretive British intelligence agency, MI5 (or MI6) is threatened by militant black leader Michael X (Peter De Jersey), who remains an untouchable figure because he has incriminating information in a safe deposit box regarding one of the heirs to crown. MI5 comes up with a plan to recruit a group of criminals to break into the back, seize his box and retrieve the photos.
Using a sexy, mysterious operative Martine (Saffron Burrows), she recruits a group of low-level criminals led by name Terry (Jason Statham). Unaware of the true purpose of the heist and under surveillance from British intelligence, the group goes about the business of taking down the bank’s vault.
But the true fun doesn’t begin until after this group gains entry into the vault and literally steal tons of secret and highly-sensitive documents and cash. In addition to securing the abovementioned photos, they unknowingly also steal a ledger that implicates a vicious local porn producer and senior members of the British government. In a race against the clock, Terry and Martine must navigate how to return the stolen material to MI5 while trying to elude local thugs, posing as British intelligence agents trying to take them down.
Based on a true story of the infamous 1971 Baker Street bank robbery which was prevented from being told for over thirty years because of a Government gagging order, this motley crew of criminals and their actions forever changed the way that the Brits thought about the safety of their valuable and their ability to protect them. Featuring a tight, taut screenplay, “The Bank Job” weaves enough twists and hair-pin turns to keep audiences highly engaged. While all of this craziness is going on, the filmmakers also hint at a possible romance between the two lead characters.
Ordinarily, when a story is jam-packed with so many conflicting elements, it would be easy for it to stumble off track. But the filmmakers have an amazing foundation using the film’s story and they manage to massage all of the various components into an entertaining and worthwhile film.