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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I understand why there's so much hype about Refn. Though "Drive" was good. But after watching his debut film "Pusher" and later "Bronson". I realize his direction is more than just style, he's an Auteur.
Great film, blown away by the documentary feel to the film. A tale of desperation ofa drug dealer trying to find money he owes to the drug lord in the town he lives in. I felt that you aren't supposed to like these characters or what they do to survive but the story draws you in and what unfolds on screen keeps you watching.