Inside Man, the least Spike Lee movie of all Spike Lee movies is our target for this week. I’m still trying to hunt down the dick that spoiled this move for me a few years ago, but given that, I still enjoyed it immensely. Denzel Denzel’s the Denzel out of his role. Clive Owen Clive Owen’s the Clive Owen out of this role. And Jodie Foster…well…she Foster’s the Foster out of this role. With all of these great actors really working with there material, there’s Willem Dafoe, who basically plays the least charismatic role of his career, which is kind of jarring amid all of these stellar performances. It feels like a missed opportunity. But Christopher Plummer makes up for it.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, can we please address the question, WHY DOESN’T CLIVE OWEN ACT IN EVERYTHING? He’s so good. After watching this movie I ran through the dozens of movies we’ve recast and had a quiet moment of reflection lamenting all of the roles he would have been perfect for. I’d be surprised if he weren’t in line for the next James Bond series. Unfortunately, I think his name works against him. There aren’t a whole lot of people who can pull off the double first name. I was always told not to trust people with two first names, and it’s served me pretty well.
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