THE BANKER movie review

THE BANKER (2020) poster

Janet's TAKE: #TheBanker is an interesting racially-motivated con game with twists and turns along the way. Grade/B

Stellar performances by the main cast make this drama
well worth seeing. This real estate and banking grab is an eye-opener for all to the racial oppression of the 1960s.

Directed by George Nolfi

Starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Nicholas Hoult

Inspired by true events, “The Banker” centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built. -Apple TV+

In limited theaters Mar 6th and on streaming Mar 20, 2020.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language including a sexual reference and racial epithets, and smoking throughout

Running Time: 120 minutes

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