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 rather strange, to say the least.
Layer Cake is one of the most acclaimed british crime comedies, a genre that…
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…
"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. Welcome to the layer cake son"
I really can't find much wrong with this film at all. Sure, on paper it might sound like your average Guy Ritchie film, but this is probably one of the sharpest, darkly funny, smartest films I've seen.
The cast is pretty much spot on. Daniel Craig absolutely nails the lead role down, whilst showing exactly why he was chosen to play Bond. George Harris and Colm Meaney almost steal the film from him…
Γκανγκστερικό αγγλικό,σε στυλ Guy Ritchie,πολύ καλύτερο όμως από τις φλόμπες που γυρίζει ο Ritchie από το Snitch και μετά.
Ο Daniel Craig είναι o έμπορος κοκαίνης που τα έχει όλα να δουλεύουν ρολόι,μέχρι όμως που μπλέκει στα βαθιά σκατά.Παίζει η εθνική Αγγλίας, με γαμάτους τους Colm Meaney και Micheal Gambon,πολλές φοβερές φάτσες όπως συνηθίζουν οι φίλοι μας οι Άγγλοι σε τέτοιες ταινίες,soundtrack από Craig Armstrong μέχρι Cult,έξυπνα σεναριακά twist,Λονδίνο, και κυρίως όχι το ξυπνιτζίδικο (που θα έλεγε και ο χίπστερ Γιώργος Γεωργίου) στυλ του Ritchie.
Didn't understand what they were saying, had to use subtitles
One of my all-time favorites
I didn't quite like the ending, but overall a cool story. Sexy direction. Definitely landed Craig his role as James Bond.
O elenco é forte, as atuações são fortes e a história é forte; prendeu minha atenção durante toda sua duração e ainda exibiu um final digno de palmas. Como uma cereja no bolo, esse filme ainda deu ao Daniel Craig a chance de se tornar o James Blond, e de forma merecida.
Como diria o (até mal) traduzido título em português do Brasil... Nem Tudo É O Que Parece.
9/10, assistiria de novo. Quase um favorito.
Bond before he became Bond. Daniel Craig gives a very solid performance in Matthew Vaughn's directorial debut. This London Gangster film seems to be cut from the same cloth of a Guy Ritchie film and it didn't surprise me to see that Vaughn has worked as producer on some of his films.
This genre has been done before, but I thought Vaughn got creative enough with the adapted novel that it had merit. It did have a plot that had multiple different story lines all going at once and they all try to build leading to a finale. So it did get overwhelming at times and the plot got to convoluted. The main aspect that I liked in this film…
One of those London gangster films that pretends to be much smarter than it actually is. It's not Awful it's just been done before and that is getting really tiresome now.
I just don't know if this is the genre for me. I am not a fan of the British crime genre, and it's hard to pinpoint why. This film's plot was exciting, but I never really cared about it or the main protagonist. The ending was fairly well done, but overall I was just kinda meh about the film.
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