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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…
Film 27 of The December Project
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…
James Bond: The Prequel
I've always been fond of Layer Cake. It's got its flaws, but it's put together in such a clever way that I can't help but love it.
(Not sure if the date's right but I watched around then anyway)
Ok, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this film but I'd heard it's pretty good and I was ill so I thought I'd give it a go. Oh my god. I was talking to someone recently about this film and I'll give them the credit of having the best 1 sentence synopsis "It's basically what it would be like if James Bond was a drug dealer before becoming a spy". It pretty much hits the nail on the head. Daniel Craig plays a long-time drug dealer, planning to retire from his days of dealing, when he agrees to doing one more job. Of course it…
Be a good middle man...
Brilliant british crime film: slick cinematography, excellent shot transitions, great use of sound and music, snappy dialogue and top notch acting from the whole cast.
So a little preface to this review: the title on my copy of the film is written as "L4YER CAK3," which going by the rules set by video games like DRIV3R and F.3.A.R. can only mean that this is the 43rd film in the Layer Cake franchise. I haven't seen the other 42, but perhaps if I had I'd have gotten more out of the film.
Little bit disappointed by it, to be honest. Firstly, I thought it was the movie with the scene where Daniel Craig hangs dong in the bathtub (turns out I was thinking of Love is the Devil) so the whole time I was kind of waiting for that moment but it never happened.
Going to have to rewatch this one because I watched it in half hour chunks over the past few days but damn!!!!!!!! o damn!!!!
- First and foremost I can now say I've seen all of Vaughn's films (and I appreciate there are only like 5) but i love them all!!!!!! he is so good!!!
- Love daniel craig in this, my god, i've only ever seen him as bond and i quite frankly do not care that much for bond but damn i like this
- The ending man, I love endings like that
I should have seen this sooner because I finally get Daniel Craig, and now have to rewatch a bunch of stuff.
Chosen on a whim, but pleasantly surprised. I'd watch it again.
All crime flicks listed here: small films, foreign language imports, high-profile flops or victims of unjust critical dismissal. Some were…