ⓘ The Bank (2001 film)

                                     

ⓘ The Bank (2001 film)

Jim Doyle David Wenham is a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock market. When he joins OReillys fold, he must first prove his loyalty to the "greed is good" ethos.

                                     

1. Plot

The CEO of a bank, Simon OReily Anthony LaPaglia, becomes aware of the mathematician Jim Doyle David Wenham, whose software makes it possible to predict stock market trends. Doyle is hired by OReily and supplied with the best computer hardware. He enters into a relationship with his colleague Michelle Roberts, who views OReilys business activities critically.

Meanwhile, the couple Diane and Wayne Davis, who took out a loan in a foreign currency at the bank, become insolvent. The son of the couple is found dead after a meeting with the deliverer of the eviction notice. The Davises sue the bank on the grounds that they were not informed about the risks of a loan in foreign currency. OReily demands a proof of loyalty from Doyle, requiring Doyle to falsely state in court that he was present as an intern in the banks loan counseling of the Davises and that Wayne Davis was sufficiently informed. That causes the Davises to lose their lawsuit.

Doyle informs his boss that a stock market crash would soon occur. Roberts finds out in Doyles hometown that his real name is not Jim Doyle; the bank had terminated his fathers credit, whereupon his father committed suicide. A man who watches Roberts on behalf of OReily learns the truth and warns OReily. OReily wants to stop the banks stock sale, but right now Wayne Davis breaks into OReilys house to shoot him. OReily offers him two million dollars if Davis allows him to make a phone call. Davis realizes that it should be a very important call for the bank; He destroys the houses power-box to stop this important phone-call, which is intended to warn the bank of Doyles plans, and leaves the estate.

Stock prices initially perform as expected, but then they rise instead of falling. The bank goes bankrupt after losing $50 billion. Doyle leaves the country. He asks Roberts to come after him before departure, which she refuses.

The married couple Davis bring an account statement at an ATM, on the unexpected $727.000 credits - a reference to the opening credits - are. They want to clarify the matter in the neighboring bank branch, but this is one of the numerous branches, which were closed by order of OReily. They decide to keep the money.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Stephen Leeder as Billy
  • Kazuhiro Muroyama as Toshio
  • David Wenham as Jim Doyle
  • Greg Stone as Todd Hayes
  • Mitchell Butel as Stephen
  • Anthony LaPaglia as Simon OReily
                                     

3. Reception

The Bank grossed $2.515.917 at the box office in Australia.

Reviews of the film were mixed. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes scored The Bank at 65% from 36 professional reviews average rating 5.8/10, but 45% from 11 "top critic" reviews average rating 5.5/10. Australian film review site Urban Cinefiles three reviewers summarized the film as "favourable". The New York Times concluded "As far-fetched as the movie is. conveys an engaging zest for upper-crust mischief. The two stories come together in the hurtling final lap as Wayne confronts Simon in his country house while Jim puts his perfected program into operation. The upshot is a whopper of an ending that is as silly as it is satisfying." The New York Post gave the film 1.5/4 stars, stating "Despite a crafty premise and a clever kink in the tale that almost saves it, Connolly isnt dexterous enough to achieve the Hitchockian level of suspense the movie needs." The Los Angeles Times stated "Connolly might well have constructed a brisker, more exciting picture with more vivid and involving characters. As it is, the film takes too long to become truly compelling."