Layer Cake (2004)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 25
A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 5
A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 135,446
A mechanic in the British drug trade finds himself caught in the middle of some dangerous circumstances in this crime thriller. XXXX (Daniel Craig) is a nameless go-between in the British mob who buys drugs from underground wholesalers and them sells them to street dealers, keeping the system flowing and making a tidy profit in the process. XXXX is looking forward to getting out of the game, and has displayed both smarts and caution in how he's handled his business, but before his overseer Jimmy
Apr 22, 2005 Wide
Aug 23, 2005
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site
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Paul the Boatman
Steve John Shepherd
The intricate thing dodges and feints and twists this way and turns that way until, by the time of the alleged resolution, we've lost our bearings completely.
It's almost too much to follow, but the style, proven by Ritchie time and again, is irresistible.
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.
"Layer Cake" is a stylized British noir full of clever twists, biting dialogue, and plenty of ironic violence.
A história bem amarrada é beneficiada ainda pelo senso de humor seco e eficaz, ao passo que o elenco confere charme a um bando de personagens inescrupulosos e a direção de Vaughn, associada à inventiva montagem, torna o filme sempre instigante.
[A] fun, snappy crime caper that begins with a wryly understated take on the "one-last-job-and-I'm-out" subgenre.
Intense story about low-level organized crime figures embroiled in a deadly conspiracy.
protagonist's narration puts the film's complex plot into much broader economic, political and cultural context.
A smart thrill ride with one magnificent finish.
Fun stuff indeed, even if you might need the subtitles to help decipher all the Britspeak.
It does nothing revolutionary, but it handles the basics with entertaining aplomb.
Just following what is going on is a big job, but the film has its rewards.
Layer Cake is not the most original or memorable picture in the world, but it's a great calling card for Vaughn.
Clean, crisp and gratifying, you'd be hard pressed to find a better British film this year.
This is one of the few movies for which I can't tell you the name of the "hero."
It's nothing we haven't seen before, but Vaughn invests it with enough style and energy to make it worth the trip.
...a delicious crime melodrama, with colorful characters, lots of action and violence, double and triple crosses, and a few fresh surprises of its own.
...Michael Vaughn, has cooked up a tasty treat in his directorial debut, somewhere between Mike Hodges' cool and Guy Ritchie's out-of-control Smoking Barrels.
- 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?
- Dragan: No.
- 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?
- Tiptoes: Yes sir.
- Cody: Well you can fuck off then, can't you?
- XXXX: Hey Gene, I've got some good news.
- Gene: Oh yeah? Whats that? [punches XXXX in the face] You murdering bastard!
- Clarkie: Where are we going Morty?
- Morty: Back to that boatyard. Someone is about to get a fucking slap.
- Terry: Yes Morty, about fucking time. [pats him on the back]
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