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Chris High reviews the film 'Layer Cake' on DVD.

'LAYER CAKE' - Colombia / Tri-Star
Daniel Craig, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Sally Hawkins, Colm Meaney and Michael Gambon
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Based On The Novel by J.J. Connolly
2004
(15)

The front cover of the DVD - Layer Cake.

LAYER CAKE

In the wake of movies such as the Long Good Friday, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Layer Cake does not let the British reputation down when it comes to making gangster flicks.
 

When an unnamed cocaine supplier (Craig) decides to retire from his lucrative business, Gang-lord Jimmy Price (Cranham) has one last job for him; find his mate's missing daughter. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings.

This is a movie that has more twists than a bent bookie and more turns than your shy Auntie Dot. Slick and excellently scripted, the pace never lets up and keeps the audience enthralled as XXXX plots to extricate himself from the mess he's found himself. There are so many surprises and shocks, that writing about just one, might endanger the entire film. The cast act out their roles with a tight, skilled authenticity that only comes from having such vast experience and belief in the material they have to work with

Continuously violent, sporadically sexy, more than occasionally funny and unashamedly profane, this is the type of movie that will keep lads of all ages (well, those above 15) enraptured. If you've played and enjoyed The Getaway on your Game Console, boys, you're going to love this film.

Matthew Vaughn, having made "movies" such as Mean Machine (yeah, that thing with Vinnie Jones), may well have been more famous for being married to Claudia Schiffer. After this film, however, he should step from her - and that of a certain Guy Ritchie - shadow and take a bow.


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