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When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
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Matthew Vaughn has a superb track record as far as I'm concerned. And with Layer Cake he has done something quite extraordinary. He has made a gangster movie I enjoyed a lot. And that just doesn't happen very often.
Guy Ritchie headed the renaissance of the British gangster film with Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels. He gave the genre a face and that's it. While that style was interesting in the beginning, it was just that, there was not much else to it. Copied in many other films (most often in Richie's own), to me it quickly became repetitive and boring. My mistake, which turned out to be a blessing…
Matthew Vaughn is not a name that comes to our mind when we are arguing about the best contemporary directors, but that should change, immediately. After Bruges, I spent two nights in the Dutch city of Amesterdam, so I thought I should watch a film that had that city as its background and Layer Cake seemed to be the best option of the small range of choices, even though it didn't really show the city that much because the film was not even located in Netherlands, but in England. I actually liked the film, but my experience with it was strange, to say the least.
Layer Cake is one of the most acclaimed British crime films, a "genre" that hardly…
Easter Sunday saw the family go out for a lovely lunch and after a few beers and a nap it was time to sit down last night to consider the movie watching treat for the night. My wife however had one of those looks on her face that suggested it was Daniel Craig or nothing and as she perused the Blu Ray shelves, I feared it would be Skyfall for the 100th time.
Layer Cake as everyone knows is the Mathew Vaughn directed gangster flick that cemented Daniel Craig as a bona fide star. It has some great performances among a cast with some real class and although it does have a slight nudge and a wink towards Guy Ritchie's…
It's a shame that Matthew Vaughn hasn't directed anything since this, his debut, that has even slightly interested me because on the basis of this, I'm sure the films he has made are probably very good. Layer Cake certainly was.
The British gangster movie genre is one that quickly became derided after the release of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, and with some justification. It has given way to a raft of truly dreadful films, all trying to ape the success of Guy Ritchie's breakout film. How bizarre it is, then, that it took one of his collaborators on Lock, Stock And Two Smoking…
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Twenty minutes into Layer Cake, there's a magic moment when some hyper, moustachioed muppet is jabbering in Daniel Craig's ear, talking about the Duke, slobsome shell-suit wearer extraordinaire: “Charisma, he's fuckin' got it...you can't deny it...” Craig sits still and pinstriped, silently ruling the space with his arm stretched along the back of the sofa, gazing straight at the camera with those blue crystal eyes. We know the director means those words about Craig, and, yes, this guy looks like the next fucking Bond alright.
He is the guy who can sort it all out. At every blasted Murphy's law twist of the plot, for a few minutes he's exactly fazed enough to be…
Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake helped cement Daniel Craig as a proper leading man after some useful support roles in the likes of Road To Perdition and Elizabeth. Showing a style that would obviously attract attention from Barbara Broccoli, his performance here probably nailed the 007 role.
British crime films had been dominated by Guy Ritchie's gangster films in the late nineties and early noughties. Vaughn however would provide us with some proper villains and a cleverly complex plot that came together due to a sharp script and some impressive casting. Backing up Craig were British stalwarts Kenneth Cranham and Michael Gambon as well as familiar faces Colm Meaney and George Harris. There were good names further down the pecking order…
"You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like."
OK, comparisons to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch are inevitable because Vaughan produced those two films. Layer Cake isn't really that similar, it's an English movie about gangsters that's as far as the similarities go. It has humor but it's a more serious and mature film as a whole and it's better.
Once Matthew Vaughn finishes making Kingsman 2, I'd really like to see him make something like Layer Cake again. Since Stardust he has made solely comic book movies which isn't a bad thing because I love Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service; I'd just like to see him branch out a bit.
After years of hearing good things about this movie, I finally got around to watching it. And I wasn't very impressed. The story was a bit confusing with all the characters in play. It lacked the grit of a true British caper like The Sweeney. And comely Sienna Miller, who is so very very hot, was only in two scenes. Bollocks! Though I did enjoy her time, (brief as it was) in those scenes. Plus the ending wasn't what I expected so don't know if that's good or bad.
On another note, I maintain my belief that Craig is better suited for movies outside of playing 007. He's quite solid in Layer Cake, as well as in Tomb Raider, Defiance,…
i'm not going to pretend that i knew exactly what was happening the entire time, but after reading the wiki page plot, it makes sense.
layer cake is suave and smooth, yet probably forgettable. however, seeing daniel craig pick up a gun and do a dumb james bond impression is certainly not.
"you're born, you take shit. you get out in the world, you take more shit. you climb a little higher, you take less shit. til one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like; welcome to the layer cake, son."
Het regie debuut van Matthew Vaughn, regisseur van 'Kick-Ass' (2010), 'X-Men: First Class' (2011) en 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' (2014), allemaal uitstekende films, vind ik.
Nu rest me enkel nog 'Stardust' (2007) te bekijken, en ik heb zijn hele filmografie als regisseur bekeken. Zal ik ooit wel eens zien, maar het spreekt me niet zo aan. Tenzij dat iemand die echt de moeite vindt?
Het was deze film dat Daniel Craig de rol van James Bond opleverde. En dat is soms wel te zien. Al verwachte ik dan wel stevige actie te zien. Helaas, die is er niet.
De film komt redelijk traag op gang, en je wordt bedolven onder het aantal (introducties van) personages. Die elk redelijk kort zijn,…
Just got around to this after enjoying Vaughn's work on Kick-Ass and Kingsmen. As a debut it's good, and his talent is obvious. He has a keen visual sense and when he's telling the story with the camera (as opposed to dialogue) it's great. But then expository dialogue scenes pop up (more confusing than informative, probably easier for a Brit) and bring the film to a screeching halt. Also, the story is far more complicated than it needed to be. Too many red herrings and McGuffins. They weren't necessary.
Stripped down to a lean story...it could have been excellent (think "Charley Varrick" - now that's a well plotted film). I didn't hate it, but it was a bit frustrating as…
Left-over dialogue (and performances) from Lock Stock and I'm still not really sure what the point of any of it was.
Gosh Daniel Craig is good when he's not on Bond though.
So much better than I remember it being. And I remember it being one of the best British crime movies I've ever seen.
This film is what it would be like if James Bond was a drug dealer before becoming a spy and I love it so much.
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James Bond: The Prequel
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
watching the Twilight zone marathon drunk decided to make this list.