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A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
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There's a proper lived-in believability about Layer Cake's depiction of how the worlds of the rich, the criminal and the criminally rich intersect.
I like Layer Cake a lot.
It's a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny.
The film is lamentably short of narrative coherence.
The intricate thing dodges and feints and twists this way and turns that way until, by the time of the alleged resolution, we've lost our bearings completely.
It's almost too much to follow, but the style, proven by Ritchie time and again, is irresistible.
It's mediocre, inane, superficial technique - coupled with a grossly saturated soundtrack - all for no discernible dramatic effect.
Layer Cake features all the doublecrosses, grasses and reversals of fortune that come as standard to the genre, but it is lifted by the uniformly excellent cast, the snide intelligence of the script, and the effortless pace of Vaughn's direction.
Drugs are the raison d'etre for this stylish caper, the rocket fuel that makes it all, go dog go, and style can take you a long way. Just not all the way, unfortunately.
A heavyweight gangster picture worthy of being included in with the greats.
Only the accents are thicker than double-crosses in a thriller that's stylish and sleek - note lyrically appropriate use of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in one sequence - but also assuredly delirious, ethically hefty and unpredictably treacherous.
"Layer Cake" is a stylized British noir full of clever twists, biting dialogue, and plenty of ironic violence.
Along with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn is the probably the second biggest director from the UK at the moment with some huge films under his belt, he is also the British gangster film maker of our modern age along with Mr Ritchie having made 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' together.
Those two films pretty much flash started the British gangster/underworld flicks back into being and created a whole load of copies in film style and imagery. 'Layer Cake' is Vaughn's attempt without his partner in crime (pun intended) and you can obviously see how that collaboration has rubbed off on him.
The film is pretty much like 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' and could almost be the third in a trilogy really, the plot is a hotpot of subplots wrapped around one main plot which all intertwine and work off each other well. Although its very familiar by now in visuals, dialog and concept its still somehow good fun to watch hardcases, fumbling crooks and foul mouthed crime lords all batter each other trying to get money/drugs/women/guns etc...one or the other.
It really is nothing new after the last two big Ritchie films it has to be said with virtually the same cast yet again, bar Vinnie Jones, the same outcomes and the same kind of violence all topped off with outrageously harsh cockney accents. Craig fits in quite well with this world as the well spoken sensible dealer and he does a good job unlike his usual wooden pouting performances, you do want him to win the day and its nice to see someone play a role in these types of films without a whole load of attitude and mouth.
Don't expect anything new to the genre with this as its the same again from Vaughn but its neater, tighter and not as ludicrous as the previous big two Brit gangster flicks, its still a lairy little sod of flick though, bosh!
Stylish, energetic, but overall run-of-the-mill crime thriller, with a convoluted twisty plot and too many characters, which might be a good thing for fans of "Snatch", but I found it more manipulative and confusing than deep and engaging.
A kinetic and razor sharp crime-thriller. It packs style and brains. It's got the style of Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels, Resivor dogs and Goodfellas. It`s wild, fresh, stylish and frequently funny. It's brilliant, gripping, compelling and electrifying. Gangster films don't get any better than this. One endlessly cool flick that has you thinking right till the end. You'll be intrigued, thrilled and amused and definitely entertained. A pure and wickedly awesome adrenaline rush. A unique, clever, intelligent, hard-boiled and hard-edged flick that will have you on the edge of your seat. Director, Matthew Vaughn crafts a near perfect crime film and is a wonderful directional debut. Daniel Craig gives a sensational performance.
A sharply written, funny, violent look at the British crime scene where a middleman (Daniel Craig) wants desperately out of the trade, with one last job on his mind. A somewhat of a cliche plot structure is executed with style and offers enough surprises to keep it interesting, with Craig proving to be a fine fit for the leading man (it's easy to see why he got 007 after this). Director Matthew Vaughn definitely has skill behind the camera, while giving his film a Guy Ritchie gangster feel but also not coming across as a copycat. The ending is really well done, as it pokes fun at the normal, standard finale to a film like this by throwing in a ambiguous shot at its conclusion.
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