An unnamed cocaine dealer in London is planning on stepping away from the criminal life. Before he can cut ties, his supplier draws him into a complex pair of jobs involving kidnapping the teenage daughter of a rival gangster. A series of elaborate double-crosses from all corners is about to unfold.
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Craig in pre-Bond years. Those out-of-this-world perfect-blue-sky blue eyes of his. The film's sick editing and its neat score. Hard drugs to be catered in malls in the near future is a very 'thinking outside the box' idea/concept. The sniper sniping the sniper+blood on leaves (did you watch this before doing Django, Tarantino?)He really thought he could out-live them but they pulled him "back in"> no escape, son!
On release in '04 this seemed like a Guy Ritchie ripoff with a mix of Scorsese and Tarantino edge but it had it's charms. 16 years later the pedigree of so many of the attached players has lifted that it seems I initially under-rated this one. The film of course established Daniel Craig and provided training ground for many others (Sally Hawkins!). It's elaborate plotting works well and is definitely worth a look.
The age-old complaint of glamourising wrong-doing applies in spades to this amoral paean to an unappealing milieu. Without unduly singling this film out, it’s endemic of film-making that wallows in hedonism, venality and illegality. You could say The Godfather covers some of those vices, but that example was structurally, texturally and tonally finessed when compared to the jibby swagger of these thin pretenders.
"You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son." -Eddie Temple
I completely forgot I had watched this film a while back. I was sold on it by countless different people. The usual pitch was given. Then I watched it and... bleh. One of the biggest cinematic disappointments of my life. I found it extremely hard to connect to bother the story line and the characters. I wanted to give up at least 10 times. Maybe it just wasn’t for me.