Gal Dove, a retired safe-cracker, is living the good life on the southern Spanish Coast. One day his past appears in the form of former associate Don Logan, whose reputation as the most psychopathic gangster in the London underworld is a sign of very bad things to come.
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That opening scene with "Peaches" playing over it is so cool. It teases that it's just a normal crime drama, but there's so much weird psychoanalytic stuff (the bunny, the boulder) that it grants it some rewatchability. I'm a little surprised that Winstone didn't score a nomination (Sean Penn in I Am Sam, seriously?), but I'm glad Gandhiji did — How about that Ben Kingsley fella, huh? The most un-Gandhi role.
Such an amazing experience. In a way it's quite straight forward but with it seems like it's drawn a lot from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. The long lenses, staging and the coloring are all amazing. Add in some of that snappy British editing a la Guy Ritchie and very interesting characters and here you are. A great ffing movie.
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'.
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.
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.