30 Minutes or Less, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari, hits theaters today. The film features Eisenberg as a guy who is kidnapped, has a bomb strapped to his chest and is forced to rob a bank in order to save his life. That got me thinking about how I would go about robbing a bank if I was in a similar situation. As with everything else in life, I learn all my lessons from films. So, I thought we should look at some of the best movie heists to take place on celluloid.
Now remember, these are not the best films with bank heists in them. These are the best heists to take place within a film. Here’s what I got…
HONORABLE MENTION: SPIDERMAN (PART 1).
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: The first teaser trailer for the first Spiderman film featured footage of a bank heist where the criminals escape in a helicopter only to end up stuck in a web flung between the twin towers. When September 11th happened, the trailer was pulled and the scene was cut. It was an awesome trailer but only gets an honorable mention since I never saw the entire scene.
5. THE DARK KNIGHT.
Probably my favorite film on the list but the weakest of the group as far as bank heists go. However, it did a great job of setting up The Joker character and shows just how calculating the villain is… getting exactly what he wants and taking out each of his fellow robbers in the process.
4. POINT BREAK.
This is certainly the rock-n-roll pick! The president masks give it a nice charm and Swayze is da bomb as Bodie, yo. Who knew a movie with Gary Busey featured in a major role could be so damn good?
3. THE BANK JOB.
I wish Jason Statham did more movies like this. This is actually a nice little action/drama. If I had to pick a (movie) method for robbing a bank, this is for sure the one I would go with… tunnelling in from an abandoned store located adjacent over a long holiday weekend so you can go through each and every safe deposit box… priceless!
2. INSIDE MAN.
This is a great Spike Lee joint… who knew there was such a thing… DON’T FUCK UP OLDBOY! Ahem, sorry. I think this is one of the most clever bank heists in movie history. I only have two questions. Why didn’t everyone involved hideout behind the fake wall instead of risking getting caught coming out with the hostages? And how did no one notice that the office supply room had gotten five feet smaller? Sorry, this is Dylan’s influence on my movie watching.
Everybody knows I have a sweet Blu-Ray and flat screen combo. What everyone doesn’t know is that I’m not a big surround sound guy. I don’t do any of that. About ten years back though, a friend of mine said I had to watch the Heat bank robbery and subsequent shootout accompanied by his surround sound. I have to say, it was AMAZING! One of my favorite movie scenes and easily the greatest bank heist getaways of all time.
So, what did I forget?