Note to would-be bank robbers: if knocking over a bank were this easy, everyone would be doing it. Don't be carrying out the plan seen here, because it would be real embarrassing to discover movie plot holes that way.
Spike Lee directs Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, and Clive Owen in this cat-n-mouse crime caper. I will see just about any movie that has Denzel Washington playing a cop in it. Here, he's being investigated for a missing $140K, and we're not quite sure how much he knows about it.
(Hey, here's an idea: Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington in a movie about two ethically-challened burned-out cops who seek redemption against long odds. That script would just about write itself, wouldn't it.)
Mr. Lee can be a bit heavy-handed on matters racial, but he shows he can do it with a lighter touch too, and not without some humor.