April 5th, 2008


Reviews: The Bank Job & Leatherheads

The Bank Job

Jason Statham plays a car-dealer with some bad debts to some bad people, so when an old flame (played by Saffron Burrows) recruits him for a bank heist, things go from bad, to great, to even worse when they fall into a royal sex-scandal.

In its own Guy Ritchie-esque kinda of way, this movie falls under several different genres (comedy, thriller, crime), but keeps them all fairly well-balanced. Despite the fact that it lacks Statham's standard kicking-ass violence, becoming rather dark towards the end, there is plenty of gratuitous nudity and sex (although none of it involving Burrows or Statham, ladies), which helps to raise its grade to a B-.


In 1925, college football is far more popular than professional football, and aging pro Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) has got a plan to do something about it before his struggling league finally goes broke by getting the best college player in the sport and war-hero Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford ("The Office"'s John Krasinski) to play for his team. Enter Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), the Chicago Tribune's hottest reporter, investigating The Bullet's questionable status as a war-hero.

Screwball-comedy fun ensues.

Clooney does his best Cary Grant (which he's getting very good at), and Zellweger squints (which she's getting very good at), and Krasinski does his best Payton Manning imitation (seriously, his character is used to advertise everything from cigarettes to shaving cream!). Despite the lack of chemistry between Zellweger and the two male-leads, Leatherheads is a very good approximation of 1930s era films. If you liked Down With Love, you might like this movie, too. B-.