Layer Cake (2005)
|Rating:||R (for strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and drug use)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Matthew Vaughn|
|Written By:||J.J. Connolly|
|In Theaters:||May 13, 2005 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 23, 2005|
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as Jimmy Price
as Eddie Temple
as Paul the Boatman
as Junkie 1
as Junkie 2
as Freddie Hurst
as Jerry (Kilburn)
as Golf Host
as Albert Carter
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Critic Reviews for Layer Cake
A heavyweight gangster picture worthy of being included in with the greats.
Only the accents are thicker than double-crosses in a thriller that's stylish and sleek - note lyrically appropriate use of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in one sequence - but also assuredly delirious, ethically hefty and unpredictably treacherous.
Audience Reviews for Layer Cake
Along with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn is the probably the second biggest director from the UK at the moment with some huge films under his belt, he is also the British gangster film maker of our modern age along with Mr Ritchie having made 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' together.
Those two films pretty much flash started the British gangster/underworld flicks back into being and created a whole load of copies in film style and imagery. 'Layer Cake' is Vaughn's attempt without his partner in crime (pun intended) and you can obviously see how that collaboration has rubbed off on him.
The film is pretty much like 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' and could almost be the third in a trilogy really, the plot is a hotpot of subplots wrapped around one main plot which all intertwine and work off each other well. Although its very familiar by now in visuals, dialog and concept its still somehow good fun to watch hardcases, fumbling crooks and foul mouthed crime lords all batter each other trying to get money/drugs/women/guns etc...one or the other.
It really is nothing new after the last two big Ritchie films it has to be said with virtually the same cast yet again, bar Vinnie Jones, the same outcomes and the same kind of violence all topped off with outrageously harsh cockney accents. Craig fits in quite well with this world as the well spoken sensible dealer and he does a good job unlike his usual wooden pouting performances, you do want him to win the day and its nice to see someone play a role in these types of films without a whole load of attitude and mouth.
Don't expect anything new to the genre with this as its the same again from Vaughn but its neater, tighter and not as ludicrous as the previous big two Brit gangster flicks, its still a lairy little sod of flick though, bosh!
Stylish, energetic, but overall run-of-the-mill crime thriller, with a convoluted twisty plot and too many characters, which might be a good thing for fans of "Snatch", but I found it more manipulative and confusing than deep and engaging.
A kinetic and razor sharp crime-thriller. It packs style and brains. It's got the style of Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels, Resivor dogs and Goodfellas. It`s wild, fresh, stylish and frequently funny. It's brilliant, gripping, compelling and electrifying. Gangster films don't get any better than this. One endlessly cool flick that has you thinking right till the end. You'll be intrigued, thrilled and amused and definitely entertained. A pure and wickedly awesome adrenaline rush. A unique, clever, intelligent, hard-boiled and hard-edged flick that will have you on the edge of your seat. Director, Matthew Vaughn crafts a near perfect crime film and is a wonderful directional debut. Daniel Craig gives a sensational performance.
Layer Cake Quotes
|Morty:||[XXXX is beaten and bloodied on the ground] You killed crazy Larry?|
|Gene:||So? This fucker killed Jimmy! [kicks XXXX in the chest]|
|XXXX:||Oh. Jesus Christ!|
|Morty:||[grabs XXXX by his shirt] Why did you do it?|
|XXXX:||He was an informer! He was a police informer!|
|Gene:||Jimmy, a grass? Are you fucking mad? You'll have to do better than that.|
|XXXX:||I've got a recording at home, of Jimmy and a cozzer called Albie Carter.|
|Morty:||Gene, let's listen to this shit. If he's lying, we'll both fucking kill him.|
|XXXX:||[answering his phone] Who is this?|
|Dragan:||My name is Dragan.|
|XXXX:||How did you get this number?|
|Dragan:||Boatman Paul gave me your number, in the end.I believe you have some property that belongs to my employer and you're the person I should talk to about the return of this cargo stolen by your associate, the Duke.|
|XXXX:||Dragan, the Duke is nothing to do with me.|
|Dragan:||Mr. Duke came to Amsterdam, used your name, said he worked for you. Are you listening?|
|XXXX:||Dragan... I've got an idea. Why don't you come round for breakfast, I'll squeeze some orange juice and grind some coffee and we'll talk about this like adults, how does that sound?|
|Dragan:||Sounds very hospitable.|
|XXXX:||Do you know where I live?|
|XXXX:||Well fuck off then. [hangs up]|
|Morty:||Why did you keep the gun?|
|Gene:||Silly as sounds, but it was me favorite.|
|Morty:||I hope you don't tell your other guns that you have a favorite. [Gene and XXXX laugh]|
|Cody:||[impersonating a police captain] Is the area now secure?|
|Cody:||Well you can fuck off then, can't you?|
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