This is a very good, modern gangster movie. Bodnia and Mikkelsen's acting is direct and laudable. Direction is tight and let the film breathe; silence is used to great effect. I never got the impression that Refn tried to impress with this film, which I think often is the problem with gangster movies. A stellar example of a low budget which didn't infringe on the greatness of the film.
While I don´t think its a masterpiece, I have to admit that for a debut film this is actually very impressive: Well acted, a good plot, nicely written, memorable characters and the ending was actually satisfying. After this I´m definetly looking forward to watch the sequels. One of the best debuts I have ever seen. Totally recommended.
This film stands the test of time (and numerous viewings) unlike many films from its era. Imagine the gritty and visceral storytelling of Bad Lieutenant crossed with the euro-trash dirty city aesthetic of Run Lola Run - that's "Pusher". A grimy story that thumps through a dirty city with despicable characters, but surprisingly it's enjoyable and very engaging. It certainly set the foundation for Refn's later work.
Rough, gritty, dirty. This is vintage Refn, and there is no style here, only handheld raw shooting. Still not sure if I like the ending. I don't know how much context is gained from the rest of the trilogy, I'll re-rate the movies after that.
The characters are so slimy it's alienating.
(Where the hell is the still from?)
A typical drug story. Dealer loses or dumps drugs. Dealer owes supplier lotsa money. Dealer's efforts to get money and delay retribution become increasingly desperate. There's an underlying likableness to most of these criminals working the Copenhagen underground and that (along with good dialog and assured cinematography and pacing) give Refn's first film a spark that many others with the same basic plot lack.
Un film assolutamente inutile, secondo il mio parere. Estremamente noioso. Ha qualche bella immagine, questo glielo concedo, ma il resto è da dimenticare. Guarderò il sequel, ma questo primo capitolo è stato molto deludente rispetto alle aspettative che mi ero fatto leggendo i vari commenti al riguardo.