We just got back from seeing Inside Man at the cinema. We basically went to see what was on and picked it at random, not even knowing that it was a Spike Lee movie.
Naturally it was far above expectations. It’s an exciting and dramatic bank robbery movie, a fun Noo Yahk cop movie, and at the same time a trademark multicultural Spike Lee movie with a couple of takes at a society that for all its internal conflicts manages to plod along. The director knows when to apply formula and when to add a dash of originality. In the end, the movie isn’t really about the robbery, nor is it about flashy gadgets and big explosions. It’s about some of the strong characters involved in it and their back stories.
It runs longer than two hours, but it feels like a regular 1:30 film. I won’t say any more. Go see it.