Saturday, January 22, 2005

Layer Cake

★ ★ From the producer of the raw crime flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as Snatch, comes another gritty British gangster movie. This is a genre that has become increasingly popular lately, typically featuring highly stylized violence, gratuitous sex, at least 100 F-words and a few mandatory plot-twisting double-crosses in the end. Layer Cake follows the formula carefully, but a lack of inspired writing causes it to miss the mark as a great, or even really good, crime movie.

Having said all that, this film has two things going for it: a steady funnel of action that keeps a firm grip on audience interest, and a compelling performance by Daniel Craig.
Unfortunately, I missed quite a bit of dialogue in the movie because I’m not fluent in British. Oh I could catch a word here and there, but I do with they’d speak more slowly for us foreigners.


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