Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2008



"The Bank Job" (Blu-ray)


Based on a true story, this film chronicles the largest bank robbery in English history, occurring in 1971.

Martine Love (Burrows) is picked up at Heathrow Airport in London because she is carrying drugs. An MI-5 agent offers her a way out: She is to get her friends to rob the safety deposit boxes in a Lloyds of London bank, and specifically get some incriminating negatives and photographs from one of the boxes. She and her friends can keep whatever other loot they find. The negatives are embarrassing photos of the Royal Family.

So, Martine engages the help of Terry Leather (Statham) and his colleagues.

They tunnel under the bank vault, break in, and get the loot.

Unfortunately, the London Police, not knowing that MI-5 has planned the whole thing, has been monitoring the activities of the group, and they close in.



  • Lionsgate
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 50 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DTS HD Master Audio
  • Directed by Roger Donaldson
  • Starring Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Michael Jibson, Alistair Petrie
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes


Looks like there were all kinds of interesting things that happened along the way in executing this robbery. For one, when they were digging the tunnel, they discovered an old burial crypt from the 1600's, during the time of the plague that wiped out a third of Europe. Also, they seemed to be very lucky in getting away with the whole thing, at least for awhile. Funny that the Lloyds bank was on Baker Street, where the legendary Sherlock Holmes lived.


The image quality is excellent, and the DTS HD Master Audio delivers the goods during the action, which is frequent.


These include a director's commentary, The Baker Street Bank Raid featurette, and other things.