An incredibly smart, brutal, and entertaining film full of must-see performances. Winstone is in top form as he lumbers around like a fat crocodile that lost its bite, while Kingsley is uncomfortably terrifying. The overall style is gorgeous, quite unique at times - riveting, really. Works as both a brawny, masculine gangster story as well as a critique of brawny, masculine gangster stories. British as all hell.
A film that alternately interrogates, mocks and revels in the London criminal masculinity of 90s British lad-culture fantasy. It features a terrifying Ben Kingsley and an equally scary counterpoint in Ian McShane, all smiles and menacing stares. It has richly textured dialogue, atmosphere to die for, a heist unlike any other on the big screen and an opening that perfectly encapsulates Glazer's sheer stylish brio
A tout moment, on sent que tout peut arriver ! Jonathan Glazer parvient à maintenir une tension incroyable tout au long de son film, admirablement composé, sans se prendre trop au sérieux pour autant : il s'amuse et nous tient! Remarquable interprétation de Ben Kingsley ! Cet acteur peut tout jouer !
Sur un scénario des plus classiques, Glazer parvient à surprendre, amuser et intriguer. Ray Winstone et Ben Kingsley sont parfaits dans leur rôle, respectivement de malfrat anglais à la retraite et de psychopathe toujours en activité. Bref, du très bon, réalisé avec beaucoup d'imagination. Hâte de voir son dernier, 'Under the Skin'.
There was a spate of British gangster pictures released round about the same time, most of them undistinguished, but this one stands out due to the high-calibre of its performances. The inspired, against-type casting of Kingsley particularly comes up trumps; he's never been better as a terrifying sociopath, dispatched to the sunny bliss of rural España to 'persuade' an old criminal associate to take on a bank heist..
Pretty good performance by Kingsley. He really manages to play the loose-cannon type really well. I would have liked a but more subtly about where the body was hidden at the end of the film. It felt like the makers didn't trust me to figure it out myself.
With witty camerawork, a script that walks on water, and memorable performances from Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, and (cussing a blue-streak into immortality) Ben Kingsley, this might be the greatest heist flick ever made. If only the unsurpassed Asphalt Jungle didn't exist.