Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands (2004)
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On the heels of his eagerly anticipated but coolly received stateside debut Fear X, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn continues the saga that put his name on the film-going map with this ambitious sequel to his popular first film, Pusher. In the first chapter of the series, drug courier Frank (Kim Bodnia) is sold out to the cops by his dim friend, Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen). The prodigal son of prominent underworld heavy The Duke (Leif Sylvester Petersen), Tonny is a universally disliked louse
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In Refn's skilled street-realist hands, the child becomes a potent, wailing metaphor for Tonny's own dilemma of rudderless need.
Mikkelsen anchors the film with a tremendous presence that sells even the most soap-operatic moments with a lacerating clenched-teeth honesty.
Doesn't so much carve out new ground as merely provide jolt after electric jolt.
Second in a trilogy about Copenhagen drug dealers. Sardonic comedy in the "Goodfellas" vein.
There's virtually no limit to how far Mikkelsen's sorry, sad character will go when he's pushed, and the story ends on a very chilling note.
...in many ways resembles 2005's Cannes winner L'Enfant another film about a posturing street thug who finds his humanity from the child he does not want.
Works best when it's dwelling on the disconnect between Mikkelsen's lurid imagination and his disappointing reality.
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