Just like the '96 original except this version basically sucks. A neon lit, synth scored empty remake that resets the story in London that has more in common with Guy Ritchie films than those of Refn. Outside a passable turn by Coyle, the always welcome Buric and a score by Orbital there just isn't enough to reconcile with this unnecessary take on an already well realized story. A total miss.
It was ok. A bit heavy on the visual style and its dependency on the score and a very unbalanced sound mix. It was well acted for the most part. The cinematography and production design were high notes but other than that there really is just superficial differences between this and the original. I think I was expecting a little more to be honest.
As with most remakes (or adaptations), expectations are high and the original is sacred. However, despite the general mainstream fear of remake culture, Luis Prieto's PUSHER succeeds in becoming an energetic, sleek work that is entirely its town. An original score by Orbital helps establish the London club scene as the film's ever-present aural throughline. Highly recommended, esp. for fans of Refn's 1996 PUSHER.