Thursday, July 14, 2005


Crime thriller

Daniel Craig: a self-described "businessman, whose product happens to be cocaine”
Kenneth Cranham: major crime lord, Mr. Price (Jimmy to his friends)
Colm Meaney: Gene, Mr. Price’s right-hand man
Michael Gambon: Edward Temple, an associate of Jimmy who wants a favour done
Jamie Foreman: Duke, one of the many low-life gangsters
Sienna Miller: Tammy, girlfriend of one of the gang members

Definitely not a “date movie”. In fact, unless you like brutal gangster type movies this isn’t for you.
Beautifully acted (sometimes too real, if you know what I mean) with plenty of double-dealing to complicate the plot. In fact, that is only one of the problems most people will have with the film. The other two are trying to sort out who all the characters are (keep in mind the list above to make life easier) and trying to understand the dialog when they revert to "gangster-slang" with a strong Cockney accent. At best you can only guess what was said. For those willing to make the effort, the payoff is worth it.

for graphic brutal violence, strong profanity, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and drug use.

It’s not giving away too much to mention the fact the Ecstasy pills were apparently stolen from a Serbian crime lord, who has sent his best hit man to London to get them back. Duke, the hothead who stole them, could mess up the whole deal.
Although they do have a layer cake for dessert after one of the private meetings, the title refers more to the layers of people within the crime business.

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