Viscéral. Caméra à l'épaule, cadres serrés, photographie noirâtre: enfermé dans l'underground copenhaguois, toute sortie est interdite. Pour l'heure, ça sera donc la drogue sans les putes, la violence sans les morts, l'argent sans les valises. Du baume au coeur que de voir le cinéma du réel se réinveter
7/10. Track-suit-wearing Copenhagen drug dealer owes money. Straightforward street-crime storytelling with shaky cam (Dogma-related?) and intermittent bursts of hardcore/metal punk. Gritty realism. Quite good. Brilliant conversational acting by the guy playing the Serbian creditor.
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?)
It has its moments but I really can't say much about this film, to put it straight ... pretty poor. Its frustrating to watch and has one of the worst endings I have ever seen. With it intriguing characters and cool cinematography Pusher takes you go on the whirlwind ride into the underground but, in the end, the film, and the promise of an epic climax, eventually fail.
70/100 ~ GOOD. Pusher (1996) is a testament to Refn’s, at the time, latent abilities. Throughout the film, one might realise 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/
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.