All in All, Not a Bad Job

Heist movie highly entertaining, if forgettable
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 7:35 AM CST

(Newser) – You probably won't ponder The Bank Job once you've left the theater, but most critics say you're likely to enjoy it while you're there. The heist film, very loosely based on a real bank robbery that happened in London in 1971—which captivated the public because of its rumored connection to the royal family—is "fun but instantly forgettable," writes Jamie Russell in Total Film.

Featuring brisk action, great one-liners, and a '70s vibe that Russell calls "depressingly unironic," the movie has a "good enough plot to keep you watching and wondering," writes Derek Malcolm of the UK's Evening Standard. And while star Jason Statham isn't exactly Daniel Day-Lewis, says Josh Larson in the Naperville Sun, he's convincing enough as a small-time crook in over his head that you'll hope "his Dungeon Siege days are behind him."