The Business

2005

The Business

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Frankie, is a young lad on the run from the high-rise ghettos of South London, to a new life in the Costa Del Sol with nothing but a tin stuffed full of cash in his hand luggage. Having no idea that this delivery of cash, to super-suave playboy and ex-con Charlie, will change his life forever, he soon becomes one of the gang, and finds himself drawn into a flamboyant and violent world of organized crime.

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  • Nov 16, 2012
    Not a bad film, Nice story it just never took off, Nick Love bought most of the cast back from The Football Factory but didn't have the same effect.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    Another British gangster flick filled with more cockneys than a south east cafe, Nick Love is at it again like his best mate Ritchie and to be fair to him he does make a solid flick. 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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2008
    This is a pacey, tongue-in-cheek gangster movie set on the Costa del Crime in the 1980s. It tells the story of Frankie (Dyer) who hooks up with two experienced South London criminals - Charlie and Sammy - becoming Charlie's right hand man and Sammy's most feared foe. The story line tracks the rise of their criminal empire and subsequent dramatic fall - similar toe the great acclaimed Scarface. No new ground is broken with this film but it does what it does very well. Drugs, sun, sex and violence. Good stuff!. One of the best things about this film is the cinematography. A lot of thought has gone into the sets and the "feel" of the film, and the detail with some of the 1980s sports fashion on display is pretty impressive (if amusing). The characters are well acted and believable. Particularly noteworthy, for me, was Geoff Bell as Sammy, utterly convincing as a total nutcase. Its also worth checking out the "alternative ending" provided on the DVD, which I thought was better than the "real" ending. Coupled with a feel-good and authentic 1980s soundtrack this is pleasant, amusing, viewing - although its certainly no masterpiece. <b>Fans of Scarface, Human Traffic and Trainspotting will lap this film up.</b>
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  • Dec 31, 2007
    danny dyer doing his usual role, but thats not a bad thing, in a 80s set british thriller, set in spain, following young mans dream come true, and fall, while getting involved in the crime and especially inporting of drugs, a great nostalgic look at the decade taste forgot,with some great 80s tunes, violence and comedy
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