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There's are several potent reasons good why this 2006 crime thriller is Spike Lee's biggest commercial hit -- it boasts a sharp, clever script from newcomer Russell Gewirtz, spot-on performances from the likes of Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster and exhilarating direction from Lee.
The only flaw is the fact that the Owen's handsome face is covered throughout most of the film.
Shot on location in New York, "Inside Man" is a bank robbery thriller that examines multiculturalism, corruption and even the definition of good and evil. Owen plays the leader of a band of robbers who gain access to a bank by disguising themselves as painters. Washington plays the tough N.Y. detective Keith Frazier. Christopher Plummer also excels as the CEO and founder of the bank who hires a power broker (Foster) to make sure that the contents of his safe deposit box in the bank remains secret.