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Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way. -- (C) Radius
Oct 26, 2012 Limited
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The characters that populate Pusher are surprisingly na´ve and hardly the brightest of bulbs. So much for the image of the wily, street-smart criminal.
The chief problem here is that Frank is neither likable nor very bright. For the most part, you're thinking, go ahead, bust his kneecaps.
Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.
We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.
Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.
Sniffing into the seams of England's multiculti capital, it's best at showing the grungy, hustling-and-bustling city as a place of slowly uncoiling despair. A hyper-charged, buzzy take on the London night-scene-and one man slipping under it, for no-good.
Prieto treats the experience like a music video, with superfluous visual ornamentation getting in the way of gritty suspense. Pusher is a sound and light show that should have its power strip unplugged.
Pusher has a neon-lit nervy energy -- at once slick and grungy -- and the sort of unabashed, screw-tightening rhythms that genre enthusiasts will embrace.
Both the theme and the execution are formulaic, although Spanish director Luis Prieto shows some visual flair.
Pusher is unnecessary for Refn fans that have followed his work from the beginning, but is more worthwhile for new viewers since they don't know what they're in for.
a perfectly serviceable race-against-the-clock thriller thanks to a powerful lead performance from Richard Coyle.
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