Pusher (2012)



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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
R (for pervasive drug content and language, some strong sexuality, nudity and violence)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paul Kaye
as Fitz
Mem Ferda
as Hakan
Joanna Hole
as Frank's Mum
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Globe and Mail
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The characters that populate Pusher are surprisingly naïve and hardly the brightest of bulbs. So much for the image of the wily, street-smart criminal.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
New York Post
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We're ... left to cheer someone simply because there's really no one else to root for.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Washington Post
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Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
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Redundant remake that improves on nothing and botches what was good about the original. The only things this version has going for it are the synth-heavy soundtrack and Richard Coyle's charismatic performance.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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follows the original well. Milo is back as himself and is great but besides having a stellar soundtrack provided by Orbital there is nothing about this remake that revives the trilogy.

Clint Updyke
Clint Updyke

An intense and exhilarating knockout. It's a kinetic, gripping, hard-boiled and electrifying movie. An edgy, very stylish, fast-paced and well-crafted neo-noir that's a terrific interpretation of the original classic. Executive Producer, Nicolas Winding Refn gives full blessing and gladly takes part in this urbanized British version that's packed with style, cool, tension and is one hell of an adrenaline-fueled chase. An explosively entertaining and highly addictive thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Director, Luis Prieto crafts a sharp, tightly-coiled and exciting crime film that stays true to the material of the original and adding its own spin that works well for it. Richard Coyle is sensational. Zlatko Buric is brilliant, giving a fearless and intense performance as his signature character, Milo. Buric takes on the part from the original Danish trilogy that he helped make famous and delivers in his performance perfectly.

Al S
Al S

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