Denzel Washington is the cop on the case when clever crook Clive Owen and his gang take hostages while carrying out a slick robbery at a New York bank.

This tense heist movie turns into a suspenseful battle of wits between Owen and Washington and turns in some surprising twists 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.