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Denzel Washington is the cop on the case when clever crook Clive Owen and his gang rob a New York bank.

With the slick operation in progress and hostages trapped in the building, this tense heist movie turns into a suspenseful battle of wits between Owen and Washington.

But all is not as it first appears and there are some surprising twists in store once tycoon Christopher Plummer and shifty fixer Jodie Foster become involved.

Director Spike Lee gets top performances from his stars and the script is sharp and witty with a fiendish sting in its tail.