Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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…
A pretty decent British crime thriller. That ending was fantastic.
Was a big fan of this recipe. Cake held together very well, tasted great and looked fantastic.
Layer Cake is a really fun drug crime thriller with a cool concept and great performances. Also it's much more grounded than other films of the same genre. The only problem I had with the film was that it was sometimes hard to follow.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Along with Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn is the probably the second biggest director from the UK at the moment with some huge films under his belt, he is also the British gangster film maker of our modern age along with Mr Ritchie having made 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' together.
Those two films pretty much flash started the British gangster/underworld flicks back into being and created a whole load of copies in film style and imagery. 'Layer Cake' is Vaughn's attempt without his partner in crime (pun intended) and you can obviously see how that collaboration has rubbed off on him.
The film is pretty much like 'Lock Stock' and 'Snatch' and could almost be the third in a trilogy really,…
This is one hell of a cool movie.
Excellent action movie. Supposedly the film that got Daniel Craig the Bond role and I can see why.
Things are getting out of hand in the London underworld when the bosses try to screw each other over...
There is so much going on in LAYER CAKE that any attempt of a plot synopsis may spoil the fun. Therefore it's best to go in this movie as fresh as possible. It bears many similarities to Guy Ritchies gangster flicks but doesn't play it that flashy and much more grounded.
The plot takes as many twists and turns as it displays interesting characters. Daniel Craig is a solid lead although he clearly struggles when things get a bit more emotional. His stone face suits the Bond character much more and I totally understand why this movie supposedly got him the 007 role.
Make or Break Scene: The final shot.
MVT: The script as it manages to surprise you over and over again without getting too complicated.
Score: 7/ 10
How many endings does this film have? Too many layers in this cake for me to keep up with.
But and extra half a star for Daniel Craig's eyes.
Layer Cake is a superior British gangster film. The stakes are high and continuously elevating. There are some smart camera tricks but it isn't gimmicky in the way Guy Ritchie's gangster films were. Layer Cake tells a serious story about very dangerous men in an extremely dangerous world and it's all the better for it. Daniel Craig is great here. I'd love to see Vaughn revert back to the sophistication he brought to this more often.
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