|Layer Cake (DVD, 2005, Special Edition, Full Screen) (DVD, 2005)|
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As deeply cool and urbane as its unnamed hero, LAYER CAKE follows the precise, articulate XXXX (Daniel Craig) as he maneuvers through what he intends to be his last business deal in modern-day London. His business? Drugs. On the cusp of turning 30, XXXX has amassed a personal fortune, deftly avoiding the violence and ugliness so many others in his trade fall prey to by following a strict personal code defined by discretion and clean detachment from the products he sells. Just as XXXX is poised to cash in and get out, Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham), the top layer of this particular underworld cake, hands down two tasks: find Eddie Temple's (Michael Gambon) drug-addicted daughter, and unload a mass of ecstasy stolen in Amsterdam by the sloppy, loud Duke (Jamie Foreman), who is exactly the type of wannabe gangster that XXXX has spent his career avoiding. Further complicating matters is Tammy (Sienna Miller), a sexy young blond who XXXX meets in a club and can't get off his mind. First-time director Michael Vaughn (producer on S***** and LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS) brings a practiced eye to the film, creating a slick, highly entertaining visual style which perfectly complements the twisting storyline. The London drug world comes to vibrant life in screenwriter J.J. Connolly's adaptation of his first novel, which retains its keen ear for slang and its eye for detail, giving LAYER CAKE a thrilling ring of authenticity. In the role of XXXX, Daniel Craig has a commanding presence, portraying a man who is so good at his job that he may never be permitted to leave it, regardless of how smart he is or how well he's planned. Like the best in the crime-thriller genre, LAYER CAKE is unpredictable, unsettling, and unforgettable.
Nobody makes a crime movie like the Brits. They are always "involved", interesting, and loaded with a bushel basket of diverse, well-developed characters. Here Daniel Craig shows us his intensity just before becoming the latest (and bestest) James Bond in story of a well-heeled drug dealer who announces his retirement only to find there is no such thing.
The lovely Sienna Miller has a cameo and the incomparable Michael Gambon plays marvelous "exit' character to the plot. Gambon, like so many Brit second tier masters, can raise the level of a film a notch or two and he does that here.
If you are bored with Hollywood get into Brit Crime and start here.
Classic modern day British gangster/mob movie. The Blu-ray mash up looks sharp and the sound is well done. It's like watching a new movie. The alternate ending is cool as some were disappointed at the theatrical release's ending. Daniel Craig fans must have this film as you can see why he is now the new James Bond, 007.
I found this movie to be very unknown. The character crew reminds me alot of Guy Ritchies other films such as Locks, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels & Mean Machine ( Great Soccer Film ! ) . The storyline is great. Drugs, Money, Violence, Women, & a deal gone very very bad.......Welcome to the Layer Cake !
The thick accents are always entertaining & the soundtrack was very well played.
Pick this film up & add it to your collection.
I will say that this film had a fairly high benchmark to live up to after other Guy Ritchie films I've seen. Finally got around to this one, and was excited to see Daniel Craig, but wanted to see more of Sienna Miller. I am glad that some contrived love story didn't over shadow the film's plot and action but I found myself asking if she was really necessary if we didn't get to see more from her character. The film itself takes lots of great twists and turns as you get to the bottom of the mystery with the characters. Good UK crime action, but not Guy Ritchie's best!