The Business Reviews
The opening scene with Duran Duran's Planet Earth is excellent.
Great use of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome and music from the decades charts plays throughout most scenes. Bell and Hassan are great with the former being a nasty piece of work.
The voice over and dialogue is annoying at times and as with most Nick Love films it can be cringeworthy.
Visually it is amazing to look at and the detail of everything 80's is remarkable. A serious twitch off Chapman.
All the usual suspects are back again from Love's previous film to portray your common bunch of English criminals up to no good but this time they are all on the continent in Spain living it up with booze, drugs, sand n sex. Its pretty much exactly what Spain is really like around the coast, full of Brit chavs and Brits with money all fat and tanned looking like Del Trotter.
Nothing new to see here plot wise, its all about drug dealing, beating people up and the odd double cross but it is made and directed well looking spot on for its 80's setting. Love is a pro at getting that 80's look like his other film 'The Firm' and this film is probably his best so far, they all are cockney based plots of course.
Not too different from 'Layer Cake' but not as good, close but this came one year too late basically and was beaten to the punch by Vaughn's film. On the plus side the film has a great soundtrack but you do get the impression Love has crammed in as many classic 80's tunes as possible just to get a good soundtrack deal for sales.