A criminal gang is set up to rob a bank by government agents who want to retrieve the contents of a specific safe deposit box, which are being used to blackmail a government leader. Jason Statham plays the lead character Terry Leather. Terry is an ex-convict trying to be legit. He runs a simple used-car sales business and repair shop. He is behind in his loan payments so they repossess his cars essentially putting him out of business. A woman Terry knows named Martine Lover (played by Saffron Burrows) was arrested on a drug smuggling charge. In order to avoid jail, she agrees to set up a robbery of a bank for the intelligence agency MI5 as cover so MI5 can get the stuff in box 118. Box 118 is owned by Michael X (played by Peter de Jersey). Box 118 has photos of one of the royal family, a woman, having an orgy with a man and a woman. Michael X is using these photos to stop the police from arresting him while he does all his illegal activities.
Martine convinces Terry to rob the bank. Terry assembles his crew which includes his friend Kevin (played by Stephen Campbell Moore), Bambas (played by Alki David), Dave (played by Daniel Mays), and the “Mayor” (played by James Faulkner). While casing the bank, Dave is spotted by mob boss Lew (played by David Suchet) who recognizes Dave from his work as a porno star. The gang rents a small shop two stores down, so they can tunnel under the shops to reach the bank. The jack-hammer they use to dig, almost gives them away when the Chinese restaurant next door complains to the police. The cops accept the excuse, the shop is being re-modeled and let them continue. A local ham operator listens to them talk on walkie-talkies and figures out a robbery is in progress. He reports it to the authorities who monitor the signal. They narrow the search to a few mile radius. The robbers get into the vault and break open the safety deposit boxes. Martine goes immediately to box 118. Terry is curious why she wants the contents of a specific box, so he takes it from her and finds the photos. They also find other photos of a senior official doing sado-masochistic things in another box, and the ledger of the mob leader Lew showing the pay-offs made to corrupt police.
The police send an ambulance to the front of each bank in the area to see if any comments are made on the radio. But the look-out drops his walkie-talkie just before the ambulance pulls up to the correct bank, so he is prevented from saying anything on the radio. When Terry gets no response on the walkie-talkie from the look-out, he calls the job finished even though not all of the boxes have been opened. They take all the money, jewels they can carry. Terry takes the photos. When they exit the bank, they take a different way than planned and use a different escape vehicle making MI5 miss capturing them. Terry gets Martine to confess the job was a set-up for MI5. The bank manager discovers the robbery, when he opens the vault the next day. Terry and his gang are now sought by everyone including, the regular police, Vogel the mob boss who knows his ledger was stolen, the corrupt police who realize the ledger named them, and MI5 to get the photos. Michael X learns his photos are missing and kills one of his gang, a woman named Gale (played by Hattie Morahan) who is actually a spy working for MI5 because he suspects her of giving the information of where the photos were located to the police. Vogel remembers seeing Dave in front of the bank right before it was robbed. Vogel catches Dave and tortures him. Dave tells them the location of Terry's garage. Vogel goes there, but only finds Eddie who was the look-out for the robbery. Vogel kidnaps Eddie.
Lord Drysdale (played by Rupert Frazer) is confronted by MI5 with copies of the photos showing him participating in S&M scenes in a whorehouse. The government agrees not to prosecute Terry and his gang in exchange for all copies of the photos. The police release recordings of the communications between the robbers, which are played on the radio. Terry's family recognizes the sound of his voice and worry about him. The policeman, who is corrupt, Detective Pyke (played by Don Gallagher) kills Dave and threatens to kill Eddie unless Terry gives Vogel the stolen ledger. Guy and Bambas are also killed. Terry asks everyone to meet him at Paddington Station to make the exchanges. Terry gives the photos to the director of MI5, Vogel and the corrupt police are arrested. Terry, Eddie, and Kevin are all allowed to leave with safe passage guaranteed by MI5. Michael X is arrested for the murder of the MI5 agent. Terry is safe with his family on a pleasure boat in a tropical paradise.
Best part of story, including ending:
I love robbery stories when the robbers get away with it, because the government officials are more corrupt and that this movie is based on a true story.
Best scene in story:
The best scene is when the look-out drops his walkie-talkie right before the ambulance drives up to the bank. If he did not drop it, he would have warned the robbers of the siren coming and they would have been caught. It is fun to see, his clumsiness save them.
Opinion about the main character:
Terry wants to do right by his family so he had to make one more attempt at a big score, risking everything, and I am happy he succeeded.