A contemporary example of films carrying on the characteristic tradition of film noir, with dark subject matter, darker photography, and…
Love. Murder. Revenge.
Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.
A very hit and miss film. Whilst the cinematography was stunning and the performances all superb, the story line came across very unconvincingly. It took me a while to get into it, but eventually I almost started to care for its characters. However, the acting is brilliant throughout. I've only seen Sam Riley in On The Road before so I have to say that I was highly impressed by his performance, showing a real diversity in his acting as a great choice for the role here despite how different it is to his portrayal of Jack Kerouac. Andrea Riseborough also often impresses me and the two give a very strong lead. Also starring Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Andy Serkis, the…
A violent teenage hoodlum (Sam Riley) murders a rival gangster's lackey, then seduces a naive waitress (Andrea Riseborough) who can link him to the crime. Gripping gangster remake with a strong cast
I liked it, but Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough were just not strong enough to give it soul. This could've been combated to a point by giving more screen time to veterans John Hurt and Helen Mirren, but alas, it just falls slightly wayward.
I failed to be engaged by this film almost entirely. From the first moment through to the last I was unable to maintain any level of interest and found myself daydreaming the film away.
Just not interesting. Or was it I just wasn't interested?
"An unconvincing remake of Graham Greene's story, I didn't believe that any of them were anything other than actors playing parts which even they didn't believe in. Watch the 1947 version to see a really nasty Pinkie and a Rose that one can care about."
I enjoyed most of the movie but I didn't believe the main character would sacrifice so much for a girl that it seemed like he felt indifferent about. I felt that if he had loved her like she said that he did then this movie would have been do much better. Some of it seemed so silly that he would do some of the actions that he did would when he could have killed people to cover it up. I did like the actors in it ans Sam Riley gives a great performance in it.
I saw this version before I saw the 1947 version. That version is better, but this one did make me want to read the book and generally enquire further, which I have. Needless to say, the 1960s setting here is a departure from the original work. This is worth a watch, though. The 1947 version is even moreso, and the book is probably most worthwhile of all.
In 1964 the enforcer of a Brighton gang, murders a man, who has himself killed the gang leader, then a young waitress who witnessed the gang's activity, to keep an eye on her.
Stylish and wonderfully photographed in a Noir style in some great set pieces the movie can't quite convince with its shoddy hoodlums (you never really see what their actual business is), and the protagonist's motives are hardly comprehensible.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Story about a young innocent girl falling in with a murderous gang member who seemingly marries her to keep her from testifying against him after she finds out he killed someone. Helen Mirren plays the boss-turned-protective-lioness of the girl and is damn fine. I kept hoping that he would have a change of heart and a miracle would occur where he turns into a human being and they sail off to Canada and live happily ever after. His evilness runs too deep though.
I was happy with the ending, though. In a sad way, sad for the girl who was all dressed up for a nice date, and for the future with her husband.
Surprisingly much better than I expected, Brighton Rock engrossed me from the very beginning to the very end. In what is arguably Sam Riley's best role, Brighton Rock has solid leads and a fantastic ending that, admittedly, I did not see coming. Although it does have its weak points, and occasional scenes that were unneeded (re: the last bit of conversation between Mirren and Hurt near the end) and/or slow, the film kept me interested in seeing what would unfold. Riley did a superb job of showing how, despite how brutal Pinkie tried to be, Pinkie was still just a child compared to all the baddies around him. His rocky path from an unworldly boy to a twisted and confused…
I liked the film noir and the 1960s things in it. Also LOVED the clothes and hair of Dame Helen. She is gorgeous not to mention great in her role. For the rest I had expected a bit more, although the final twists were exiting and very very fitting.
Apart from some of the performances and nostalgia for the 60s this is a pretty flawed adaption. I would just watch it for Helen Mirren again and Sam Riley who has the (odd) right baby face mixture of charm and menace as Pinkie; but he is a bit too old for the character. Odd seeing the two characters that played Ian Curtis having a fight and the pretty one won in the end!
Andy Serkis is just a ham really; he is better behind CGI.
Some things I don’t understand is when Pinkie turns all mod (he wasn’t really before); I suppose this is for cause and effect for the assault of Spicer and escaping through a mob of rioting…
Only the British would have a gangster named Pinkie! I liked the style of the film, but it was just a little too slow paced. Riley did a great job with his role, but it just wasn't a character that I cared much for. This film had its momments, but it just was not able to pull me completely into the story.
So much right with the cast (Riley is spot on) and it looks sumptuous, but why mess with the plot in such an extreme way? The score sits uneasily with the setting and the mods v rockers element is just gimmicky. A shame. A lot of love went into making this. But it is a misfire. Intrigued by what the special thanks to Richard Attenbrough in the credits reflects? His blessing?
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