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February 2, 2015
gritty british gangster heist movie.prefer this to snatch and just as violent as fight club.
December 4, 2013
It all went down hill after Gerry Conlon's scene at the start. Predictable plot and the whole left wing sub plot was pointless. Still decent turns from Carlyle, Winstone and in particular Phil Davis makes it watchable.
½ October 15, 2012
a well-assembled cast alone could not save the poor storytelling.
February 14, 2012
A British gangster film with a bit more in the ways of brains than your average mockney rubbish.

Ray is an armed robber and a face which is slang for a known villian.

He and his team of armed robbers carry out a daring raid on a money depository which should leave them well in the black,only trouble is their isnt enough money to go round and one of the gang is starting to get greedy.

What makes this film rise above the norm is the cast,Robert Carlyle is first rate as Dave a man with a troubled past who is desperate to free him self from a life of crime.
Ray Winstone is great also as Dave a family man who wants out as well but for his own reasons .

Stevie is Rays friend and again Steven Waddington excells inthe role.
But for my money its Phil Davis as Julian who steals the film .
One minute he is going crazy with a shotgun the next cradling his son in his arms its a performance that stays the right side of parody thanks to Davis making Julian a human being as well as a nutcase.

Damon Albarn turns up and is ok ,but the robbery itself and a street gunbattle are deftly handled so that outweighs his rather soggy performance.

An excellent and one well worth seeking out if you have had enough of cliched gangster movies.
February 5, 2012
Another Great British film. Another Great British Gangster Flick.
Super Reviewer
½ June 19, 2011
A sadly under rated Brit thriller about a robbery that goes horribly wrong, fans of Ray Winstone or Robert Carlyle will back me up. 7/10
May 16, 2011
a solid british gangster movie starring robert carlyle and ray winstone, and although it's no
December 4, 2010
A great British gangster film with two British acting greats in it, Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle. A crime thriller filled with suspense and keeps you guessing until the end.
½ June 29, 2010
En "varm" gangsterfilm,en slags blanding av britisk sosialrealisme, Scorssese og en dæsj humør av den lune typen! Veldig bra folk i alle rollene,men historien blir en anelse for søt helt mot slutten, etter min smak,men annbefalles VARM,T hehee!
March 30, 2010
The beauty of this film lies in the strength of the performances rather than anythig original from the screenplay. It would have been a normal crime thriller but Carlyle, Winstone and the crazy Phil Davis raises the bar somewhat and make this a very under rated film!
January 25, 2010
Won't win awards, but is a very steady British crime thriller.
December 28, 2009
Much more than a thriller. Loads of great subtext.
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2009
This movie played at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, as you know by now I have review a number of movies from this festival. Face is directed by Antonia Bird who brought us Priest, Ravenous, and now Face. Face underworld slang for a gangster. And that?s what this movie is about. Gangsters pulling off there last job, 5 in the group, after job is over the 5 go separate ways until the money starts turning up missing. Ray (played by Robert Carlyle) is our head gangster trying to track down the money and keep it all together. My copy showed it being produced by BBC Films, so my guess is mainly for the crowd in England. Still thought dry at times and what Brit film isn't, lack of luster and action, it does hold a good story line and is worth the watch, 3 1/2 stars on this one, would give it 3 3/4 stars if they had that but not 4. A good rental.
Super Reviewer
½ October 30, 2009
A GREAT British crime thriller!!! Lots of action & suspense
October 19, 2009
Antonia Bird was once touted as the next big director, with this and Priest (1994), as well as scratching Hollywood with Mad Love (1995) and Ravenous (1999), it would appear success was around the corner, then she retreated back to doing television, pity really, as this shows great potential. A gritty crime drama, it begins with Ray (Robert Carlyle), an ex-socialist protester from the 1980's, who has become a bankrobber, after he and a group of other has-been criminals, including Dave (Ray Winstone), Julian (Philip Davis), Stevie (Steven Waddington) and Jason (Damon Albarn), commit one robbery which doesn't quite go to plan, and then the money from the crime goes missing. Ray suspects that someone in the gang is a blag, and investigates further. But, he still has aspirations of starting over again, and moving away from his former past. It's suspenseful stuff and quite exciting too. It does take a while to get going at first, but it's bookended with the heist, and then a very gripping hold-up and robbery within a police station, it's a good film while it lasts, it's hardly original, but it holds the attention while it lasts.
½ September 23, 2009
Much forgotten British crime caper. All star British cast with some very good moments and a good script that carries throughout the film. Not as well known as most of the other Brit gangster movies but well worth a look.
August 13, 2009
Boring caper film that is beneath the likes of Winstone and Carlyle.
June 7, 2009
Decent enough british crime movie, nothing really special, apart from
a cool mini heat style shootout in east london, and a ludicrous police
station heist. Bit uneven, moving from serious to silly throughout, still
watchable though, very 90's soundtrack and atmos.
Super Reviewer
May 12, 2009
Well I'm not to shore what to make of this film, its good because it has action and is good with a good raid on a money building and has a good sense of humour but it just seemed like a pointless movie really!
Carlyle and Winstone and others are armed robbers and they rob this place and end up steeling 367 thousand pounds but once they've got the money and gone seperate ways someone is going around killing and stealing the money back but they dont know who it is and make some horrible discoverys!
Its a good movie but weird and seems a tad pointless but i guess worth a watch!
April 14, 2009
Robert Carlyle is brilliant actor! Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of the British crime genre, not to be missed!
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