The Bank Job, 15

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In The Bank Job, Saffron Burrows recruits Jason Statham's second-hand car dealer to rob a London bank, but what she doesn't mention is that he and his diamond geezer mates are being used by MI5 to grab some embarrassing royal photos from a blackmailer.

Inspired by a genuine 1971 heist, The Bank Job's overloaded, overcrowded plot lurches from jovial crime comedy to unpleasantly violent gangster flick without ever picking up speed. Particularly disappointing is the clunky dialogue, considering that it's by sitcom master writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

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