A London drug dealer finds himself on the wrong side of a ruthless Mr Big when a massive deal goes disastrously wrong in Luis Prieto’s striking, energetic remake of the 1996 feature that propelled Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) into the international spotlight. Revolving around an outstanding lead performance from Richard Coyle (also seen in this year’s Grabbers), the break-neck action underpinned by an atmospheric and rousing original score by Orbital, this is sharp, fast-paced, gripping crime cinema at its very best. —edfilmfest.org.uk
Just like the '96 original except this version basically sucks. A neon lit, synth scored empty remake that resets the story in London that has more in common with Guy Ritchie films than those of Refn. Outside a passable turn by Coyle, the always welcome Buric and a score by Orbital there just isn't enough to reconcile with this unnecessary take on an already well realized story. A total miss.
It was ok. A bit heavy on the visual style and its dependency on the score and a very unbalanced sound mix. It was well acted for the most part. The cinematography and production design were high notes but other than that there really is just superficial differences between this and the original. I think I was expecting a little more to be honest.