Layer Cake

"Good"

Layer Cake Review


A stylish, dynamic thicket of thorny underworld twistsand deceptions, "Layer Cake" stars Daniel Craig ("Roadto Perdition," "EnduringLove") in a charismatically dodgy performanceas "a businessman whose commodity happens to be cocaine."

Beginning with a voice-over that provides cheeky insightinto the savvy it takes to stay ahead in Britain's organized-crime drugtrade, he sets the stage for a story full of unexpected sharp edges thatmake it increasingly unlikely his character will ever reach his statedgoal of early retirement.

"You know why people like you can't leave this business?You make too much money for people like me," says Craig's boss (KennethCranham), an uncouth kingpin who puts on country-club airs as he intimidatesour anonymous hero (whose name is never mentioned) into a job way out ofhis depth -- hunting down an associate's sexy, strung-out missing daughter.

But the girl is barely a jumping-off point for the stimulatinglybyzantine plot of "Layer Cake," in which one stupid mistake byan irresponsibly flashy small-time associate who calls himself "TheDuke" (Jamie Foreman) begins a domino effect of revelations, double-crosses,paybacks and bursts of violence -- all of which come tumbling down on Craig'shead.

Directed with agile, sharp-witted panache by Matthew Vaughn(producer of "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels")-- and given a suave visual signature by production designer Kave Quinn("Trainspotting"),editor Jon Harris ("Snatch")and cinematographer Ben Davis -- "Layer Cake" is a feast of cunningfilmmaking.

But it's also a tour de force for Craig, whose nameis now being bandied about as a possible successor to the role of JamesBond. He does a sublime job of inviting you into his character's head,first with his pointedly wry opening narration, then with his ability tosubtly show how his nerves are further frayed each time he's sideswipedby escalating twists that will bury him if he doesn't turn the tables onsomeone but quick.

"Layer Cake" can be eye-crossingly complex attimes -- I think I need to see it again to fully wrap my head around itsmany tiers of duplicity. But then, the film is so succulently crafty andtantalizing I want to see it again anyway.



Layer Cake

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Friday 1st October 2004

Box Office USA: $2.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $2.3M

Budget: $8M

Distributed by: Sony Classics

Production compaines: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Marv Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 109 Rotten: 26

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as XXXX, as Gene, as Morty, as Slasher, as Jimmy Price, as Duke, as Tammy, as Eddie Temple, as Sidney, Dragan Mićanović as Dragan, as Clarkie, as Shanks, Louis Emerick as Trevor, as Cody, as Terry, as Larry - Crazy

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

The Big Sick Movie Review

The Big Sick Movie Review

It may be rather long for a romantic comedy, but this film has such a...

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

There's no reason why this animated comedy adventure needed to be this pointless. Solidly entertaining...

Advertisement
England Is Mine Movie Review

England Is Mine Movie Review

While this is billed as a film about The Smiths' singer-songwriter Morrissey, it's actually an...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

It's been 20 years since French filmmaker Luc Besson shook up the sci-fi genre with...

Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

Killing Ground Movie Review

Killing Ground Movie Review

From Australia, this dark and edgy thriller is skilfully made by writer-director Damien Power to...

City of Ghosts Movie Review

City of Ghosts Movie Review

This award-winning documentary plays like a thriller as it traces the work of a group...

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.