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.
I was expecting to be let down by watching it for a second viewing, but was surprised by how refreshing the causal but brutal storytelling was. I also love how the violence of the movie is handled. Such firm grasp of style, makes you wonder why Winding Refn is getting the critical acclaim just now.
70/100 ~ GOOD. Pusher (1996) is a testament to Refn’s, at the time, latent abilities. Throughout the film, one might realize glimpses of what would come—moments of Refn’s undeniably exhilarating stylistic signature.
Review can be found here: http://nextprojection.com/2013/10/27...w-pusher-1996/