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Release Date: August 28, 2002

Starring: David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia and Sibylla Budd

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder THE BANK is a
mild Australian thriller
slowly making its way across
the United States in small
theater venues. The movie
focuses on a young
mathematician, Jim Doyle, who
claims he is developing a
computer model that can
predict exactly what the stock
market will do. Doyle tells
the managers of an
international bank based in
Australia about his model.
Simon O'Reilly, the bank's
chief officer, takes a chance
on Doyle and hires him. Using
the bank's super-fast computer
system, Doyle works hard to
perfect the computer model.
O'Reilly wants to use the
model, however, to make lots
of money for the bank during a
predicted stock market crash
or correction. By selling
shares in its own company just
before the crash, the bank and
its leaders will profit
enormously from the financial
losses of other
people. Although both Doyle
and O'Reilly will benefit from
this scheme, they don't trust
one another. O'Reilly demands
an act of faith from Doyle. He
wants Doyle to lie on the
witness stand in a case
against the bank where the
bank stole some important
property from a small
businessman and his family.
The bank's thievery resulted
in the death of the man's only
son. Doyle goes along with
O'Reilly's nefarious plans,
but he has some tricks of his
own up his sleeve. THE BANK
lacks the dynamic punch of a
really good corporate
thriller. The movie also has a
Romantic, socialist worldview
with very strong
anti-capitalist elements. For
example, the movie strongly
suggests that capitalist
society corrupts people, that
banks can only make money by
taking advantage of people who
aren't wealthy, that
redistribution of wealth is
good, and that getting wealthy
almost always involves
stealing money and property
from other people. At the risk
of sounding a bit bombastic,
these ideas are nothing less
than obnoxious, slanderous
lies from the liberal, atheist
left. In contrast to the
left's politics of envy, God
admonishes us in Leviticus
19:15, "Don't favor either the
poor or the rich." People who
play politics and ignore this
commandment do so at their
peril, and the peril of the
rest of us. It's really
unfortunate that this movie
has such a bad worldview,
because it is being released
by The Cinema Guild. The
Cinema Guild was founded by
Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel, who
worked on the
Christian-friendly movie
starring Robert Duvall, TENDER
MERCIES, one of the best
movies ever made. Happily,
however, their website gives
plenty of publicity to TENDER
MERCIES. Ironically, the World
Socialist Website condemned
THE BANK for the
"individualism" of its
anti-capitalist hero, Doyle,
who turns the tables on
O'Reilly to destroy the bank
and its greedy capitalists.
Apparently, there's no
pleasing some people on the
left. According to the radical
commie-libs at this website,
only "a progressive social
movement" and a "political
struggle of workers and small
farmers against the entire
social order" can correct the
evils of capitalism. These
Communist agitators don't
mention, however, their intent
to abolish all vestiges of
capitalism, private property,
religion, heterosexual family
order, and national borders in
favor of some pie-in-the-sky
utopia run by a one-party,
globalist system of
guilt-ridden do-gooders. This
"progressive social movement"
is a real evil which, in
countries like the Soviet
Union, Red China, Cambodia,
North Korea, Ethiopia, and
Cuba, resulted in the
government slaughter of more
than 100 million people in the
last century. Instead of
looking to Karl Marx or Mao's
Little Red Book, we should
look to Jesus Christ and the
Bible. God wants us to help
poor people who are truly
oppressed, but not by stealing
from others. Please address
your comments to: Philip and
Mary-Ann Hobel The Cinema
Guild, Inc. 130 Madison
Avenue 2nd Floor New York, NY
10016-7038 Phone: (212)
685-6242 Fax: (212)
685-4717 Website:
www.cinemaguild.com Email:
info@CinemaGuild.com

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 103 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

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GENRE: Thriller

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Summary:

THE BANK is a mild Australian thriller abut two men at a large bank who plan to capitalize on a computer model that predicts exactly what the stock market will do. THE BANK lacks the dynamic punch of a really good corporate thriller and has a Romantic, socialist worldview, with very strong anti-capitalist elements.

Review:

THE BANK is a mild Australian thriller slowly making its way across the United States in small theater venues. The movie focuses on a young mathematician, Jim Doyle, who claims he is developing a computer model that can predict exactly what the stock market will do. Doyle tells the managers of an international bank based in Australia about his model. Simon O'Reilly, the bank's chief officer, takes a chance on Doyle and hires him.

Using the bank's super-fast computer system, Doyle works hard to perfect the computer model. O'Reilly wants to use the model, however, to make lots of money for the bank during a predicted stock market crash or correction. By selling shares in its own company just before the crash, the bank and its leaders will profit enormously from the financial losses of other people.

Although both Doyle and O'Reilly will benefit from this scheme, they don't trust one another. O'Reilly demands an act of faith from Doyle. He wants Doyle to lie on the witness stand in a case against the bank where the bank stole some important property from a small businessman and his family. The bank's thievery resulted in the death of the man's only son. Doyle goes along with O'Reilly's nefarious plans, but he has some tricks of his own up his sleeve.

THE BANK lacks the dynamic punch of a really good corporate thriller. The movie also has a Romantic, socialist worldview with very strong anti-capitalist elements. For example, the movie strongly suggests that capitalist society corrupts people, that banks can only make money by taking advantage of people who aren't wealthy, that redistribution of wealth is good, and that getting wealthy almost always involves stealing money and property from other people. At the risk of sounding a bit bombastic, these ideas are nothing less than obnoxious, slanderous lies from the liberal, atheist left. In contrast to the left's politics of envy, God admonishes us in Leviticus 19:15, "Don't favor either the poor or the rich." People who play politics and ignore this commandment do so at their peril, and the peril of the rest of us.

It's really unfortunate that this movie has such a bad worldview, because it is being released by The Cinema Guild. The Cinema Guild was founded by Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel, who worked on the Christian-friendly movie starring Robert Duvall, TENDER MERCIES, one of the best movies ever made. Happily, however, their website gives plenty of publicity to TENDER MERCIES.

Ironically, the World Socialist Website condemned THE BANK for the "individualism" of its anti-capitalist hero, Doyle, who turns the tables on O'Reilly to destroy the bank and its greedy capitalists. Apparently, there's no pleasing some people on the left.

According to the radical commie-libs at this website, only "a progressive social movement" and a "political struggle of workers and small farmers against the entire social order" can correct the evils of capitalism. These Communist agitators don't mention, however, their intent to abolish all vestiges of capitalism, private property, religion, heterosexual family order, and national borders in favor of some pie-in-the-sky utopia run by a one-party, globalist system of guilt-ridden do-gooders. This "progressive social movement" is a real evil which, in countries like the Soviet Union, Red China, Cambodia, North Korea, Ethiopia, and Cuba, resulted in the government slaughter of more than 100 million people in the last century.

Instead of looking to Karl Marx or Mao's Little Red Book, we should look to Jesus Christ and the Bible. God wants us to help poor people who are truly oppressed, but not by stealing from others.

Please address your comments to:

Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel

The Cinema Guild, Inc.

130 Madison Avenue

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10016-7038

Phone: (212) 685-6242

Fax: (212) 685-4717

Website: www.cinemaguild.com

Email: info@CinemaGuild.com

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