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At Theaters: 3/24/2006 On Video: 8/8/2006
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469911
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier, who matches wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton, in a tense hostage drama. As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges: Madeline, a power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.
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Thriller - This is a straightforward heist drama/thriller, not as political nor as stylized as director Spike Lee's usual work. Fans of Jodie Foster may be disappointed by her smallish role, and those expecting a lot of action may be a little disappointed by the fairly small amount of traditional action, but there should be enough suspense and excitement for most nonetheless. as well as some surprising bits of humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, MAN ON FIRE
Clive Owen DERAILED, CLOSER, KING ARTHUR, BEYOND BORDERS
Jodie Foster FLIGHTPLAN, PANIC ROOM, ANNA AND THE KING, CONTACT
Christopher Plummer THE NEW WORLD, MUST LOVE DOGS, ALEXANDER
Willem Dafoe XXX: STATE OF THE UNION
Chiwetel Ejiofor MELINDA AND MELINDA
Dir/Prod/Wri: Spike Lee SHE HATE ME, 25TH HOUR, BAMBOOZLED
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings; beatings; falls; video game violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco.
ACTION: One major shoothout sequence; an explosion.
COMEDY: Some wisecracks and comic situations.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good ...there's nothing extraordinary about the movie. It's watchable and occasionally compelling, but it will not stand out as one of 2006's great motion pictures.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average The whole plot smells fishy. It's not that the movie is hiding something, but that when it's revealed, it's been left sitting too long at room temperature. 'Inside Man' goes to much difficulty to arrive at too little.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 116 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Fairly High
86%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Fairly High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Fairly Low
40%
30+Adults (M)
41
Fairly High
95%
30+Adults (F)
43
Fairly High
86%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 116 moviegoers:It doesn't look like "Inside Man" will be a big hit for Denzel. These opinions aren't bad, but they certainly aren't great. On the good end of the scale what I noticed is that there aren't all that many "Fantastic" opinions. However, there are quite a few "Excellent" and "Very Good" opinions, so it appears that better than half of you will enjoy "Inside Man" very much, but few of you will think it's great.

On the low end of the scale there are a lot of "Good" and "Fair" opinions. This indicates an OK/average movie, which is fairly low. Most movies don't have this many "Good" and "Fair" opinions.

Will you enjoy "Inside Man"? Critics enjoyed it very much so if your taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics then you will likely enjoy "Inside Man" very much. As for everyone else, most of you will enjoy it, at least to some degree. Luckily no one truly disliked it. So, I recommend "Inside Man," but suggest that you see it at a lower priced matinee if you're not real sure about it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It all starts out simply enough: four people dressed in painters' outfits march into the busy lobby of Manhattan Trust, a cornerstone Wall Street branch of a worldwide financial institution. Within seconds, the costumed robbers place the bank under a surgically planned siege, and the 50 patrons and staff become unwitting pawns in an airtight heist.

NYPD hostage negotiators Detectives Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and Bill Mitchell (CHIWETEL EJIOFOR) are dispatched to the scene with orders to establish contact with the heist's ringleader, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), and ensure safe release of the hostages. Working alongside Emergency Services Unit (ESU) Captain John Darius (WILLEM DAFOE), all are hopeful that the situation can be peacefully diffused and that control of the bank and release of those inside can be secured in short order.

But things don't progress as planned. Russell proves an unexpectedly canny opponent—clever, calm and totally in command—a puppet master with a meticulous plan to disorient and confuse not only the hostages, but also the authorities. Outside, the crowd of New Yorkers grows as the situation becomes increasingly tense, with Frazier's superiors becoming more concerned about his ability to keep the standoff from spiraling out of control.

The robbers appear to consistently be one step ahead of the police, outwitting Frazier and Mitchell at every turn. Frazier's suspicions that more is at work than anyone perceives are justified with the entry of Madeline White (Jodie Foster), a power player with shadowy objectives, who requests a private meeting with Russell. The chairman of the bank's board of directors, controlling entrepreneur Arthur Case (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), is also uniquely interested in the moment-to-moment happenings inside the branch.

Frazier is convinced that invisible strings are being pulled and secret negotiations are taking place as the powder keg situation grows more unstable by the moment. With loyalties and motives called into question, the detective engages in a risky game of cat-and-mouse—but with the rules of the game ever changing, one wrong move may take the volatile match closer to a disastrous and deadly conclusion.

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