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Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death
I'm the Angel of Death.
In this third installment of the 'Pusher' trilogy, we follow Milo ('Zlatko Buric'), the drug lord from the two first films. He is aging, he is planning his daughter's 25th birthday and his shipment of heroin turns out to be 10.000 pills of ecstasy. When Milo tries to sell the pills anyway, all Hell breaks loose and his only chance is to ask for help from his ex-henchman and old friend Radovan
Milo, drug lord and bad cook, is preparing for his daughter's birthday. Problem is, his daughter is a spoiled brat, he's working on a deal gone bad and he's trying to kick his drug habit - so this isn't the best time for Milo.
We know Milo from the last two films as being a bit of a wild card - but who is he? We've seen him take the high road, but also not shy away from taking action if needed. He's older now, he's in a world he doesn't rule over anymore. He's learning to accept the change, but he ain't no chump - how's he going to deal with this shit?
This film is so much fun!…
Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death is without a doubt the least interesting from the trilogy, at least thematically; but I could see a case being made for it being the most enjoyable. To clarify, I think I is only a bit better than this, and II is vastly superior to both. There's nothing to grapple with, in this, and NWR's aesthetic is notably muted. It's cleaner, more conventional and just a bit more "everyday", in the concerns of the protagonist. Now "everyday" is relative in the Pusher trilogy; a series of films trying to find humanity in the scum of society. But Milo, III's focus, struggles with the progression of age, the plights of an addict. He fails…
I enjoyed this a lot, probably because it's about Serbian drug lord, though I don't know anything about drug lords (except from other movies), I'm from Serbia so it's kinda familiar to me. I didn't even have to read subtitles for maybe 50% of the movie and the movie is from Denmark, how cool is that? :)
I just wanted some conclusion, and I'm left craving for fourth movie which is never gonna be released probably. And the acting is not very good, except from Zlatko Buric - he was great, most of them aren't real actors I think, which isn't that bad in this case because it adds to realism and rawness.
Possibly Refn's most subdued and least Refn-y film yet. It plays more like a drama and is understandable as to why people consider this to be the weakest of the Pusher trilogy. I just love how it all leads up to this blow up of emotions that collide to bring us a great character study. It's interesting in that regard as the film just keeps building up and up to what it started. I think this is easily the best of the Pusher trilogy as it replaces insanity with levity.
After having seen the first two of the Pusher trilogy this one remained in the 'to watch' pile for some time afterward. Its not that I didn't enjoy the others (Which I did. Vastly) Its just somehow this one never grabbed me and I couldn't imagine where the series could go next.
This is arguably the best of the lot. More claustrophobic, more engaging character, more impending doom and a bigger to-do list for Milo.
If you liked the other two make sure you don't let this one pass you by. Its a brilliantly taut watch filled with squeamish suspense. It does a great job of amping up the dread for whichever outcome is hurtling towards you.
The scenes which lead up to the ending is sure to make you queasy and maybe even vomit. Zlatko Buric is one ticking time bomb ready to explode any minute. My second fav in the trilogy.
De vez en cuando se acostumbra en las trilogías que las terceras partes son mucho sobre la decadencia, claro siendo esta la última y todo eso,….definitivamente este es el caso en Pusher trilogy.
En esta ocasión la historia se desarrolla desde la óptica del personaje de Milo interpretado por Zlatko Buric, el cual apareció tanto en Pusher I como en Pusher II, en la primera como el antagonista y en la segunda en un pequeño pero divertido cameo, a simple vista una cinta dedicada en su totalidad a esta personaje, no sonaba como la mejor idea para continuar con la saga Pusher,….pero definitivamente NWR sabe cómo humanizar sus personajes.
Al igual que Pusher II esta cinta supera a la original…
The Pusher Trilogy has remained consistently good from 1996 to 2005. I really liked Zlatko Burić's Milo from the first Pusher (1996) and I'm happy to see an entire film dedicated to him. He's a really interesting character. I love how Refn's trilogy is filled with tons of characters that could have movies centered completely around them. I want a Pusher 4 about Radovan (who I was surprised to see make a return 9 years after the first). Overall, the Pusher Trilogy has some great characters and I think the scene where they bleed and gut a guy is worse than anything I saw in the Saw franchise. Recommended, but definitely check out Refn's other work first.
While II boasts an excellent soundtrack and Mads Mikkelsen killing it on screen, it's III which has the most heart. Milo's depth is incomparable, a character so well written that regardless of narrative development it is fascinating to watch him unfold.
85/100 - Excellent.
Antes de nada debo decir que mi concepción sobre Nicolas Winding Refn ha cambiado totalmente gracias a esta singular y magnífica trilogía sobre el crimen y sus practicantes, la recomiendo encarecidamente.
Es impresionante ver como el enfoque de Refn ha ido variando sutilmente según el personaje protagonista de cada película que conforma la saga, sin alterar en ningún momento el tono mugriento y desesperanzador que se apodera de las tres cintas que la componen, y cómo Pusher III: I´m the Angel of Death se convierte en la más cruda y retorcida de todas ellas, con la mirada de su director deambulando por los espacios de su universo como un conocido y viejo fantasma, posando su cansada mirada sobre los pobres…
worst of the trilogy, probably my least favorite refn. everything feels inconsequential in here, the main character is a miserable man with very few positive traits, put in a position totally different from his role in the previous two movies. the conflict is very thin and the movie drags in it as times go by and very few developments actually happens. the ending has a very gory scene which i was not exepcting, and didn't get the point of.
I enjoyed the humble and enlightening commentary on the Pusher II DVD, a moderated chat with Nicolas Winding-Refn, now a pompous, despicable art-house loon, was once a struggling, indebted artist who took on these two films in order to actually live. He put his fears and his heart and soul in to Pusher II in an attempt to make money *and* say something of worth and the film shows it in every corner and is better for it.
So considering that the commentary won me over on the man, the artist that is Winding-Refn, I chose to watch I'm the Angel of Death aka Pusher III, for the first time with commentary also.
So it's quite beautiful, some nice use…
I was pretty sure that I hated Milo before watching the third part, I don't know what happened.
Si Pusher 2 es la mejor Pusher por su consistencia, Pusher 1 tiene la mejor secuencia, y no se me ocurre que tiene Pusher 3 que no tengan las otras 2.
El regreso Milo y Sobretodo Radovan(<3) me gusta, pero no creo que sea una película que se mantenga sin el trasfondo de Pusher 1.
Es buena pero es la más débil de la trilogía.
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