Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death

2005

Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death

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This third installment of the "Pusher" trilogy follows Milo, the agining drug lord from the two first films. He is planning his daughter's 25th birthday, and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10.000 pills of ecstasy. When Milo tries to sell the pills anyway, all hell breaks loose, and his only chance is to ask for help from his ex-henchman and old friend Radovan.

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  • Aug 25, 2015
    The trilogy ends on a high as we get to see the Serbian drug lord, Milo, facing up to old age and a new generation of drug dealers.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2014
    With this third and final film in the Pusher trilogy, Nicolas Winding Refn crafts an astounding final to his crime saga that launched his career, and showcased him as a standout, visceral director who has elevated the genre to new, exciting heights of sheer brutality. This is a different take on the crime underworld of Denmark, as Nicolas Winding Refn shifts his attention to a crime lord, Milo, instead of lead character Tonny, who was present in the first two. This is yet another riveting crime tale, one that tells a highly captivating, engaging story that is brilliantly crafted by a director who has a take no prisoners attitude in delivering a crime saga like no other filmmaker. There have been many outstanding genre films, but few have the menacing, riveting quality that really makes them standout. That is where Nicolas Winding Refn's breaks from the mold. His vision, his approach to the material is perfect. He makes a crime film the way it's supposed to be made. The story here is bold, brilliant, exciting and well written in scope. What really stood out for me with the Pusher films is the way Refn's focused on the characters and their actions, and since these films take a look at drug pushers, it's quite the unique and unforgettable experience. This final picture in the series continues that aspect that was present in both previous pictures, but the tables have turned, and in doing so, Refn has crafted a very good, bold, chilling final chapter to his incredible trilogy. If you're wanting a great crime picture to watch, then you ought to check out Pusher III, and if you're into some continuity, I suggest you start by Pusher and its sequel before moving on to this final act. Pusher III concludes the trilogy on a high note, and overall on it's on, it's a great film, a film that ranks among one of the finest crime films ever made, and in regards to the trilogy, it's one of the most entertaining drama's that I have seen in quite some time. Pusher III is a fine storytelling, and by focusing his attention elsewhere, Nicolas Winding Refn was able to deliver a great crime drama while keeping the traditional elements that have made the Pusher films memorable and modern classics.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2013
    It's taken me three movies to this, but here goes: "You know the dealer, the dealer is a man, with a lump of grass in his hand, but the pusher is a monster, not a natural man!" That's right, it's time for the third and final chapter in Denmark's answer to "The Godfather", because "just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in... or push you back out... or something". You know, I'm sticking with "push", not necessarily because it goes with this series' title, but because I've always been pushed out of these boring films that attempt to be subjective, and therefore draw you in, with this film being... well, an exception. Yeah, I actually kind of like this, probably because this installment features a protagonist who is a full-blown Serbian, and therefore more exciting than the usual Dane, as surely as the last film at least attempted to set up opportunities for a sequel. Granted, this film barely has anything to do with the story of the last film, but still, "Pusher II" ended on what appeared to be a cliffhanger, unlike 1996's "Pusher"... I think. Yeah, I can't remember where "Pusher" ended up, and to tell you the truth, I'm not entirely sure that "Pusher II" left an opening for a sequel, because, you know, it's kind of hard to remember a dream, which means that I might ought to jump right into this review quick, because even though this is decent, it's not too much less slow, and I don't want to run the risk of forgetting that I'm reviewing... um... "The Godfather Part III". I can't even joke about that, because I'm one of the few people in the world who love "The Godfather Part III", as well as one of the few people in the world who didn't like the first two of these film, and isn't even crazy about this final installment, which is indeed better, but not by a substantial margin, for several reasons. Let me tell you, what really did a serious number on the predecessors was their plot concepts' questionable layouts, and while this film is much less about aimless meditations upon nothing, it still has natural shortcomings to subject matter, having a minimalism to its scope, as well as some rotten protagonistic characters, who are more well-handled than ever, but kind of exacerbate this story concept's limitations in meat, further limited by familiarity. While I'm relieved to see that writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn has really cooled it with that offbeat, meditative storytelling that ruined the predecessors, - which even ran together because of their following a questionable storytelling structure so closely - by conforming more to a less experimental, more engaging plot structure, this film exacerbates the sense of conventionalism that even loomed over this supposedly "unconventional" predecessors, following a predictable path, and even way too slowly. I've said this time and again, but I am still proud to say that we're not dealing with the misguided experiment that was the first two "Pusher" films, and yet, this film isn't too much less limp than its predecessors, going bloated by repetitiously excess filler, as well as material whose meandering eventually leads to a lapse in focus, something that this effort should be above. No matter how much more focused this film is than its predecessors, coherency is still limited, and such unevenness in pacing emphasizes narrative shortcomings, especially when backed by limps spells in atmospheric momentum. There's more atmospheric bite than ever, and that's, of course, largely because material is more frequent, yet considering that there are still natural shortcomings and excesses, it should come as no surprise that there are moments in which material to soak up with a near-consistently hyper-meditative atmosphere runs out, resulting in dry, maybe even dull spells, many of which distance in a way that some may recognize all too well from the mediocre predecessors. The film is decent, and that's more I can say about the first two "Pushers", but to tell the truth, the final product doesn't go all that far once it breaks from mediocrity, going held back by familiarity, pacing problems and atmospheric dull spells behind a minimalist story, almost to the point of collapsing short of decency. Well, I'm happy to say that such a collapse does not come, because no matter how flawed this film is, it settles many of the missteps made by its misguided predecessors, and meets them with more than a few strengths, some of which are sharper. Now, if Morten Søborg's cinematographic abilities have improved since "Pusher II", then it's hard to notice, though definition does still seem more crisp, as surely as the tasteful color plays that were particularly sharp in "Pusher II" remain to polish the lens and enhance the engagement value to an immersive, if sometimes dizzyingly shaky realist shooting style, while Peter Peter's and Peter Kyed's stylish score works to liven things up a bit. Style isn't too much sharper than it was in, say, "Pusher II", which was still dull, so the aesthetic polish doesn't flavor things up all that much, but it still settles blandness to a certain extent, though not as much as, of all things, substance. Again, natural shortcomings are still here, but they're less backed by such questionable storytelling ideas as thorough meditations upon people doing little, if anything at all, thus, it's much easier to see the compelling element within this subject matter dealing with the business and human depths of the drug pushing industry, especially considering that questionable characters engage more than ever because they're being more well-drawn than ever, as well as as well-portrayed as they usually are. There's a little more acting material than usual, even if it's still limited, and that goes a fair way in inspired charismatic and convincing performances, the strongest of which being by leading man Zlatko Burić, who truly deliver with his subtly layered and intense portrayal of a drug pushing veteran who grows tired of a rotten lifestyle as he finds himself getting in situations that he has rarely, if ever faced before, while struggling with the very addiction whose presence in others is how he makes his living. There's a lot of emphasis on Burić's Milo character, and while Burić isn't all that excellent, he's strong enough to carry much of the film, though not without the help of his onscreen peers, because while this film is more well-done than its predecessors, acting is still the only truly consistent strength. That being said, Nicolas Winding Refn's directorial performance is also worthy of praise, at least to a certain extent, as it secures the final product as decent, as surely as it secured the predecessors as mediocre, because even though slow spells in storytelling cannot be ignored as somewhat distancing, there's less attention being placed on nothingness, as well as meditations upon subtle intensity that sustains a certain consistent degree of intrigue, the heights of which can be found when material really kicks in, with tension, if not a hint of dramatic resonance. The strengths that save the final product from the fate of mediocrity that ultimately overpowered the predecessors are subtle, but those light touches end up going a pretty good distance in keeping you going with aesthetic and dramatic engagement value, even if remains seriously flawed. When it's time to come down from this final "plunge" (You know, like syringe plunge, as in hard drugs... or something), you're left with a final product whose natural shortcomings go so emphasized by familiarity, often unfocused dragging and sometimes dulling atmospheric cold spells that it comes close to collapse into the mediocrity that plagued its predecessors, but questionable storytelling is settled down, allowing you to soak up the handsome cinematography, strong acting - especially by leading man Zlatko Burić - and generally endearing direction behind intriguing subject matter that make "Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death" a genuinely decent and often effective, relatively worthy conclusion to a generally misguided saga, even if it too has misguided moments. 2.5/5 - Fair
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2013
    Director, Nicolas Winding Refn saves the best one in the series for last. I Am The Angel of Death is the finest film in the trilogy, its dark, edgy, stylish and surprisingly effective piece of work that goes from the gritty and dirty underworld to the yearning for escape and recovery. A film that makes you take a hard gut-punch that's cruel and nasty. A tough, hard-boiled and very addictive thriller. Zlatko Burik gives a brilliant and truly absorbing performance, his villain Milo is more grounded and compelling in this film, you have sympathy for him and really hope he makes it through. A powerful and engrossing classic. This series is some to the finest and darkest work about the crime underworld ever,
    Al S Super Reviewer

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