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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 brilliant crime film must surely have been the catalyst for Daniel Craig's succession to becoming Bond. He's as cool as a penguin's knackers here as a clever drug supplier and manufacturer who effortlessly goes about his business in anonymity. He has gangland associates, but operates outside of the limelight with a plan to make a certain amount of money and retire. A film full of colourful characters with a touch of a nod to Guy Ritchie, but without most of the humour, this has violence, betrayal, and some great dialogue courtesy of J.J. Connolly. A cast to die for that includes Colm Meaney, Tom Hardy, Michael Gambon, George Harris, and the criminally underrated Jamie Foreman, it springs to…
Brilliant film about a drug dealer wanting to retire but things do not go his way and.... Daniel Craig pre-Bond but equally dashing. A bit in the genre of Snatch, loud music, fast movement and ..... gangsters. And from all the ending choices, the one chosen is the most effective.
Quite funny and it twists and turns in expectedly unexpected ways like one might think of a film produced by the producers of Lock Stock and Snatch. That said, just misses the mark of those two films. Let's call it the "Lack of Ritchie" effect.
It was your standard 'Small time crook gets stuck between a rock and a hard place' with not much going on. The plot seemed disorganized and confusing and the acting was lackluster. It was cool though seeing several big names from before they became big (Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Tom Hardy).
Silly Brits are silly.
Watched this alone in my dorm room in London, on, or the weekend of, Halloween. Thought it was cool, liked the ending.
Some fifteen or so years ago there was a cycle of British gangster movies: most of the ones I’ve seen are attempts to play Tarantino with a cockney accent, but lacking Tarantino’s wit and style they have been lifestyle adverts for drugs and violence. Layer Cake is a bit later, bigger star and presumably bigger money, but it still looks like an advert. Matthew Vaughan, for instance, loves to go from one scene to another by a camera movement, a seemingly single movement covering two separate time and spaces: this is a favourite in adverts and there is nothing wrong with it if it has some purpose, but Vaughan just seems to be saying 'Look at me, I’m really clever.'…
Daniel Craig is the best thing going in the movie.
In fact, he kept reminding us of a young Steve McQueen because of his cool demeanor and how he seems to move effortlessly throughout the film. Kenneth Cranham, as Jimmy Price, is also another actor whose contribution is an asset in the film.
watch it for Daniel Craig..
Produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn this complex, violent, but enjoyable crime thriller was Vaughn's directorial debut. The screenplay was by J. J. Connolly from his own novel and revolves around an unnamed Mr X (Daniel Craig) a sophisticated, professional, career criminal who has made a fortune in the cocaine business through the application of a set of rules and his own rigid code. On the cusp of retiring and getting out of the crime game, he's "asked" by underworld boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) to do him a favour and track down the teenage daughter of crime kingpin Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon). Meanwhile a low-level player known as The Duke (Jamie Foreman) has stiffed a gang of Serbian war…
although it is the debut of Matthew, it's already a highly complished work, except in story level, it gets too self indulgent and confuses me a lot. to compare this with Guy Ritche's debut, you'll find they are equally complicated, except this one is far more confusing that the other. since this film tries to tell a good story(i guess), then this is really a huge mistake. on the other aspects, they are very appealing, there are many meomorable scenes that will still be funny every time you think about it. that basically sums up the film, a beautiful layer cake with content that is not so tasteful.
It's basically Daniel Craig's audition tape for James Bond, but one that happens to be extremely energetic, sleek, and just plain cool. I dig it quite a bit.
Also, I feel like this film is partly rated R for "Really Goddamn British".
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