How to Rob a Bank

2007

How to Rob a Bank

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Nick Stahl, Erika Christensen, and Gavin Rossdale star in a high-stakes caper film in which the only thing for certain is that nothing is as it seems. Fed up with the manner in which super-sized corporations continually stack the deck against the common man, Jason "Jinx" Taylor (Stahl) reaches his wit's end after attempting to withdraw his last 20 dollars from the bank and getting refused due to the fact that the transaction fee will overdraw him. Locked in a tightly sealed bank vault with pretty Jessica (Christensen), Jinx struggles to find a way out as armed robber Simon (Rossdale) and his men search for a means of getting in. As Officer De Gespe (Terry Crews) and his men surround the bank, it begins to appear that the situation is slightly more complicated than the cops anticipated. When Simon fails to intimidate Jinx into opening the vault, loyalties are tested and the situation quickly turns volatile. Soon it's revealed that the true mastermind of the operation is a man whom no one had expected, and that in order to collect the funds that have been skimmed from bank fees over the course of many years, he will have to convince Jinx and Jessica to issue a secret PIN number. Now, in order to escape with both the cash and their lives, Jinx will have to convince cops and robbers alike that he and Jessica are merely hostages who need to be released before things get truly out of hand. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for How to Rob a Bank

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  • Andrew Jenkins' amateurish, half-hearted romantic comedy-cum-heist film twists itself into unconvincing knots to pull off a guilt-free bank robbery.

    Feb 12, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • An excellent actor too often stuck in unworthy roles, Nick Stahl deserves much better than Andrew Jenkins' derivative, self-conscious heist flick.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An 81-minute movie that runs out of ideas well before the halfway point.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • It seems especially depressing when so-called independent filmmakers have nothing on their minds except aping the style of Hollywood's hip caper movies.

    Feb 5, 2008
  • So objectively awful it ceases even to be a reflection of writer-director Andrews Jenkins's non-talent, How to Rob a Bank calls into question the distribution filtration process that should protect delicate consumer eyes from things like this.

    Feb 5, 2008
  • Trust me on this one, you won't feel cheated or robbed with How To Rob A Bank.

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Audience Reviews for How to Rob a Bank

  • Oct 16, 2011
    This one took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from watching the trailer, but after seeing the film, I really liked it. I loved the style of this film. The film reminded me of another bank caper, Flypaper. The big difference is that Flypaper had wit and great dialog. This film has style that Flypaper lacked. I was surprised by the short running time of the film. Nick Stahl and Erika Christensen shine in the film. They have a great on screen chemistry. Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews, and David Carradine provide solid supporting work. I loved the Duran Duran references and the end credits playing Hungry Like the Wolf. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2011
    The film is about a man, Jason"JINX" Taylor (Nick Stahl) who goes to withdraw $20 bucks and gets caught in the middle of a bank robbery, ending up in the vault with one of the would be robbers (the hot-and-sexy Erika Christensen) he then treats as a hostage. The robbers want in, whilst Jinx wants out... and his 20 bucks. Meanwhile Officer Degepse (Terry Crews), is stuck outside the bank trying to defuse the situation. A fun scenario lol: 10 tips to rob a bank and get away with it: 1. Decide to rob a bank 2. Have a plan 3. Have a back-up plan 4. Establish clear communications 5. Choose your partners carefully 6. Expect the unexpected 7. Shit happens 8. Don't get greedy 9. Remember, shit happens. 10. Hang up and know when to walk away
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2010
    Builds enough on solid ideas and interesting characters to make up for its clumsier attempts at suspense.
    Roy G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2010
    a plesent nice suprise this. nick stahl tells us the audience that banks are robbing us, and not happy with unable to get his 20 dollers, but while at bank a robbery takes place, and locked in vault while thieves outside and inside a pretty young lady played by a on form erika christensen, but thieves want in vault, and young lady part of there plan, here he starts to play the thieves, police outside and eventually a mysterious stranger phoneing him on mobile, whos in on plan, a film thats slickly directed, short at hour 20, and uses running time well, no dull moments to speak of, even gavin rossdale is okay here, the story is not predictable and some nice touches and suprises
    scott g Super Reviewer

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