Layer Cake


Layer Cake

Overview:

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...

Votes 556 (7/10)

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Date 2004-09-30

Budget: $6,500,000.00

Revenue: $11,850,214.00

Website: Link

Production company:

  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Marv Films

Production country:

  • United Kingdom

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • Crime

Trailer

Further Information

XXXX
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
Clarkie
Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
Gene
Colm Meaney
Colm Meaney
Morty
George Harris
George Harris
Slasher
Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
Jimmy Price
Kenneth Cranham
Kenneth Cranham
Duke
Jamie Foreman
Jamie Foreman
Tammy
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller
Eddie Temple
Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
Sidney
Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
Dragan
Dragan Mićanović
Dragan Mićanović
Shanks
Stephen Walters
Stephen Walters
Trevor
Louis Emerick
Louis Emerick
Cody
Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher
Terry
Tamer Hassan
Tamer Hassan
Larry - Crazy
Jason Flemyng
Jason Flemyng
Charlie
Nathalie Lunghi
Nathalie Lunghi
Mickey
Rab Affleck
Rab Affleck
Screenplay
J.J. Connolly
J.J. Connolly
Director
Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn
Music
Ilan Eshkeri
Ilan Eshkeri
Music
Lisa Gerrard
Lisa Gerrard
Director of Photography
Ben Davis
Ben Davis
Editor
Jon Harris
Jon Harris
Casting
Leo Davis
Leo Davis
Casting
Jina Jay
Jina Jay
Art Direction
Steve Carter
Steve Carter
Set Decoration
Joanna Barrs
Joanna Barrs
Costume Design
Stephanie Collie
Stephanie Collie
Production Design
Kave Quinn
Kave Quinn
Producer
Adam Bohling
Adam Bohling
Producer
David Reid
David Reid
Producer
Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn
Novel
J.J. Connolly
J.J. Connolly
Script Supervisor
Mary Haddow
Mary Haddow
Unit Publicist
Diane Kelly
Diane Kelly

John Chard

I'm not a gangster, just a businessman. And my commodity happens to be cocaine. With a considerable amount of cash saved from his, ahem, dealings. A London drug dealer is all set to retire abroad and start a new life. However his mob boss Jimmy Price has two jobs for him to do immediately... Layer Cake is directed by Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn is more well known as Guy Ritchie's producer on his early British gangster genre forays. Suffice to say he had some insight into what made those films {Snatch et al} hugely popular with the watching British public. How pleasing it is then to say that Vaughn, by showing restraint and an unfussy approach, has crafted a film that's more than equal to the best of Britain gangster faves, and actually sets new parameters for toning a film. By focusing more on mood and atmosphere over bombastic scenarios, Vaughn, aided by a superlative Daniel Craig as the nameless dealer, lifts the film above its conventional plot arc. In what could have been a standard tale of a man doing one last job before going straight, we, along with Craig, find that all roads are blocked, it's as if there is some higher force at work here. Layer Cake also scores high for its more easy on the eye filming of London, this is no destitute capital where tower blocks loom like monsters over the characters. This London is thriving, vim and vitality, the place to be, seediness is far from the ebullient crowd. Ben Davis' photography perfectly complimenting the engrossing score from Lisa Gerrard & Ilan Eshkeri, both of which serve to make London an extra character in the story. The film however is not perfect, at 105 minutes it's actually too short, something that only becomes apparent when all the plot strands come crashing together in a rushed last quarter. Yet in spite of that failing, the ending delivers a jolt to the system, to crown, what to me at least, is one of Britain's finest and tidiest gangster offerings. 9/10

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