Layer Cake [2004] Movie Review Recommendation

Layer Cake [2004]

I think that English crime flicks developed a cult following, especially after the work of Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch., RocknRolla), although the whole thing has much deeper roots (The Long Good Friday 1980) and Vaughn actually worked with Ritchie on some of his films. Layer Cake is also an English crime flick, and if you have seen at least one of these movies you know what to expect. Excellent camera-work, gritty setting and story filled with twists guarantee that you will check out at least one more of these movies. Although Layer Cake is a movie about criminals, the characters and the story are so well written that it will take you about fifteen to twenty minutes to get pulled into the world of drug deals, “supercool” characters and piles of cash. The atmosphere is a bit more serious than you would expect, but still charmingly exciting.

An unknown cocaine dealer is very successful at his work. He is very careful about everything, planning  each and every action. But he will soon find himself knee deep in crap as everything starts to go to hell. Crazy Serbian assassins, drug deals gone wrong, colorful characters and much more created a very good blend of action and intense situations. Daniel Craig was a perfect pick for the role of an unknown dealer (we never learn his name) and the rest of the cast was good too. If you need more convincing, just consider that fact that this movie clinched Craig’s deal for Bond movies and that it features young Tom Hardy.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, Tamer Hassan, George Harris, Brinley Green

Fun Stuff: The word “fuck” and its derivatives are said 201 times throughout the film. Guy Ritchie was in place to direct but other commitments meant he had to drop out.


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