Not the best or most relevant film title, but don't let that cloud your judgment - this film is a profoundly damning indictment on the socio-political effect of anti-immigration ideologues governing policy. An important piece of counter-propaganda in a time when a witch-hunt on multi-culturalism is as pervasive as ever. One of Frears' forgotten gems deserving of revisionist acclaim.
Stephen Frears is inconsistent, but when he's good, as he is here, he makes a damned good movie. This is the only time I have liked Audrey Tatou: she left her "cutes" at home this time. And Ejiofor is a great actor. Too bad Hollywood only has room for one Black leading man at a time!
A little disappointing. Hardcore themes but this felt a little under-cooked and doesn't hit hard enough. The tone is confusing too: hovering very close to black comedy, but it doesn't dare go there, and shouldn't.
A great thriller played by two amazing actors. Everybody in this film is belonging here, one of the best realized worlds I have ever seen in a motion picture. Have I mentioned it's in London and about immigrants? Purely brilliant!
I'm surprised at the middling reviews from my fellow MUBIans. While this is no great cinematic achievement, it's still a remarkable drama and unsentimental look at vulnerable immigrant communities. What's more, the two main characters were so well drawn I believed every one of their actions at any time. The ending is emotionally honest and heart breaking without being sappy. I recommend it highly!
Overwhelmingly grimy and gritty - fleshed out and flawlessly performed characters. Sergi Lopez's villain is supremely motivated, although the more the film tries to make him appear evil, the less convincing he becomes.