Take a story about several denizens of the criminal British underworld, mix in a few spoonfuls of dark humor and a couple of cups of violence, a handful of plot twists to taste, and what do you end up with?
The story of Layer Cake follows a cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) who’s on the verge of retiring, getting out of the drug business–but we all know how those sorts of plans turn out in movies like these. And sure enough, our hero finds himself set up and double-crossed, forced to break the rules he’s created to allow himself to survive and even prospsr in the viscious world of narcotics commerce–all over one million stolen high-octane ecstasy pills. Eventually he ends up caught between two competing crime bosses (Sir Michael Gambon and Kenneth Cranham), each with an agenda far beyond our hero’s grasp, and a ruthless German assassin (menacingly named “Dragan”) brought in to retreive the pills for the cartel that manufactured them in the first place.
(Why do I refer him to simply as “our hero” above? Because we never learn his name. It’s never entirely clear whether the other characters know his name or not, though it seems to me conducting business–especially this kind of business–with someone whose name I didn’t know would be more than a little difficult. But it’s a fun conceit, and leads to a nice twisty bit of black humor at the end of the movie.)
|Layer Cake (2004)|
|Starring:||Daniel Craig Kenneth Cranham Michael Gambon Colm Meaney|
|Directed By:||Matthew Vaughn|
|Written By:||J.J. Connelly|
Director Matthew Vaughn, who was one of the producers of Guy Ritchie‘s
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