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Running Time:
2 hours, 9 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and some violent images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Spike Lee's most mainstream feature in years is an terrific hostage thriller with great performances.

Additional Info:
DVE Features: Over 25 minutes of deleted scenes; Number 4 - From Mo' Better Blues to Malcolm X, director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington discuss their creative collaborations from the past up to this latest thriller; Feature commentary with director Spike Lee; The Making of Inside Man - Go deeper into the action with this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage!

Inside Man
The plan begins simply enough: four people dressed in painters' outfits march into the busy lobby of Manhattan Trust, a Wall Street branch of a worldwide financial institution. Within seconds, the costumed robbers place the bank under a meticulously planned siege, and the 50 bank customers and staff become unwitting pawns. Police hostage negotiators Detectives Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor "Dirty Pretty Things") are sent to the scene with orders to establish contact with the ringleader, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen "King Arthur"), and ensure the safe release of the hostages. Working alongside the police is Captain John Darius (Willem Dafoe "Spider-Man"), 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 quite as planned. Russell proves an unexpectedly prepared opponent. Clever, calm and totally in command, he's got a meticulous plan to disorient and confuse not only the hostages, but also the police.

Outside, the New York crowd grows ever larger as the situation becomes increasingly tense, with Frazier's superiors becoming more concerned about his ability to keep events from spiraling out of control. The robbers appear to constantly a step ahead of the police, outwitting Frazier and Mitchell at every turn. Frazier's suspicions that more is transpiring than meets the eye which appears to be true when Madeline White (Jodie Foster "Silence of the Lambs") arrives on the scene. She immediately requests a private meeting with Russell. The chairman of the bank's board of directors Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer "Sound of Music"), seems to be more than casually interested in the moment-to-moment occurences inside the bank.

Frazier becomes convinced that secret negotiations are taking place over his head as the situation continues to grow more serious. So he begins a risky game of cat-and-mouse maneuvering, but the rules of the game seem to be constantly changing. One wrong move could cause a disaster bringing about a deadly conclusion. But just what are the robbers after? And why does nothing seem to alleviate the situation, which stretches on hour after hour? Those questions and their answers are what makes Spike Lee's latest film one of his best ever. It's certainly his most exciting.

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