Extremely dark film about Copenhagen underground. The description of Tonny's destiny, the way he copes with all these people calling him a moron, his abortive attempts to go straight, are pathetic. No future. Recommended to all those who think that Nicolas Winding Refn didn't exist before Valhalla Rising and Drive.
To me it's the best of the trilogy, as I found myself laughing histerically and then feeling utterly depressed in less than a heart beat -all thanks to the incredible balance in the story-, and because I actually cared about Tonny as a main character a lot more than I did with Frank and Milo in the other two movies.
I don't understand people who think the 1st one is the best, it's good but 2 & 3 are great! (How many trilogies can say that?) I can at least understand people (and Refn) preferring 3 but this is my favorite Pusher film and still my fave Refn film though I like all his films (Bleeder is only 1 I haven't seen). Mikkelsen gives a performance you don't even realize how good it is till the latter half of the movie.
This, the second film in the trilogy, focuses on Tonny, a low-level criminal who acts tough, wants to be good and is stupid. Refn uses silence and time very well in the Pusher films, and this is his magnum opus when it comes to that. Mikkelsen acts very well and as a whole it's another example of a film that conveys the message through a whisper - even when dealing with organised crime. Recommendable.
The best of the trilogy. While following any old Mads' character seems like a no brainer now, considering his character's lack of importance in the first film, that was a clever choice in itself. You don't often get to follow that guy, letalone revisit him, then we're rewarded with Mads F'n Mikkelsen driving a film with a phenomenal performance.
As good as the first one, or maybe better.
Really liked the plot.. it was very compelling.
These strong colors created such a special atmosphere - a very brutal story presented in a very beautiful way!
Pusher I was a pretty pointless exercise in nihilistic violence, this film is way better not because direction and script improved but because of Mads Mikkelsen who shows Tonny, the clueless small-time, crook as a desperate, lonely boy looking for salvation in a world without any value. A devastatingly good performance.