BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
With Now You See Me in theatres this weekend, we’re looking at some of the best bank robbery flicks. Sometimes you just want to watch a hostage situation from the comfort and safety of your own home, and what better way to do it than with villains-with-hearts Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Ben Affleck?
This movie definitely pushed the envelope upon its release. With twists and turns around every corner, this was the ultimate 2001 robbery thriller, complete with terrorists, robberies, high-tech computer hacking and a father with a soft spot for his daughter. Not to mention a kick-ass cast of John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Don Cheadle (and, of course, a young Camryn Grimes — you may remember her as Cassie from Y&R – –as Jackman’s daughter, Holly). This goes down as one of those flicks that if it’s on TV, you watch it, no matter what.
4) Inside Man
Denzel Washington is one of those actors that is equally great at playing both the bad guy and the good guy. Here, he plays the detective trying to talk down bank robber (played by Clive Owen), who has his own dirty cop background (the perfect balance for him, if you ask me), and fix this mess of a hostage situation. A classic case of not knowing who the real bad guy is, this movie keeps the surprises coming all the way to the end of the flick and is definitely worth a watch or two.
3) Fun with Dick and Jane
Okay, this isn’t really about robbing banks. But there is a bank account and there is a robbery. This movie is surprisingly hilarious and totally one of Jim Carrey’s better post-’90s flicks. Dick and Jane find themselves in financial ruin after Dick’s company goes under and the CEO (Alec Baldwin) runs off and abandons the company, rich as can be. They forge several hilarious plots to get some money back and eventually turn to some crazy antics that would totally never work in real life. But hey, the beauty of movies, right?
2) Public Enemies
Talk about a shoot-’em-up bank robbery flick. This was another instant hit, with Johnny Depp as the lead. He plays notorious ’30s bank robber John Dillinger, who is being hunted by the Feds for a wave of crimes. Depp was so perfectly cast in this role – -like he is for pretty much everything he’s in, but I digress — and plays Dillinger flawlessly. Especially alongside Christian Bale, cast as detective Melvin Purvis, who dances the cops-and-robbers tango with Johnny Depp until it all comes to an end.
1) The Town
I like to think of this as Ben Affleck’s movie comeback, as it really marks him being back on the Hollywood map. And what a mark it made. In this truly great bank robbery flick, Affleck plays thief who falls for a none-the-wiser bank manager (Rebecca Hall) that was present at one of his heists. Of course, this complicates things as he simultaneously deals with his cohorts (Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively) and keeping away from the detective (Jon Hamm) who is hell-bent on sending him to prison.