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.
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.
The robbers appear to consistently be one step ahead of the police, outwitting Frazier and Darius 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.
But just what are the robbers after? Why has nothing worked to alleviate the standoff, which stretches on hour after hour? 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.
Silly. One of those crime caper movies where the crooks devise a scheme that is too clever by half. Hard to believe a scheme like this would work, and one character's comment that no crime was committed indicates a writer who is either ignorant of the law or fudging facts. Highly overrated.
I GIVE THE MOVIE A 4*....I LIKED THIS MOVIE VERY MUCH SPECIALLY THE END ...THE ONLY THING IS THAT IT WAS A LITTLE TOO LONG
Amazing movie! Very clever and it kept me at the edge of my seat. Loved the characters especially Clive Owen`s character because he played it so well and so did Denzal Washington. Loved the ending. An amazing Spike Lee film. 5/5