Agree, the performances were great but when it ended I felt like it didn't go the distance.
Kingsley's character Don Logan is an obvious antecedent to Ralph Fiennes' character Harry from 'In Brughes'. Also, Ian McShane may be the most intimidating dude ever
I love the quick cut of the scenes, it leaves the film with a strange flow throughout. I'd agree that Kingsley really does steal the show, his totally unstable character turns the film into a great that would otherwise have been pretty mediocre (storywise, obviously the shots in this film are fantastic)
This would be an extremely average crime film if it wasn't for the chemistry between Kingsley and Winstone.
This films feel small, and that's a good thing. Taut and brilliantly acted, Winstone and Kingsley's "negotiations" are terrifying and entertaining all at once. I was always glad the heist storyline played second fiddle to the dark character moments.
Oh my god, Ben Kinsley! He is so frightening, so taciturn, so unpredictable, in this surprising little gangster film, he takes your breath away. Be that as it may. The rest of the cast is top notch, led by Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, and the, wonderfully sleazy, James Fox. The direction is great and the heist is one of the best on film. I was so surprised, I didn't know what to expect, and I was knocked out! See it!
Remembered (very rightly so) for Kingsley's rabid performance; however, one should note the fantastic turns by both Winstone and McShane as well. Both roles (and characterizations) hold more dimension than Kingsley's singular role (this is not to say they are necessarily better, as Don Logan is a psychopath, and therefore would be slightly more one-dimensional). Instead they both lend a richness of characterization