Thursday Night Movies: Layer Cake

The short version: numerous good points don\’t overcome a bad ending.

(But backing up, a quick intro. We\’re gonna try this thing. I posted this on The Facebook this morning, that I want to make Thursday night \”Movie Night\”. Hopefully I\’m either gonna see something in theater, or start working through my backlog of Netflixes. Even more hopefully, I\’m gonna write up reviews. We\’ll see how this goes…)

Layer Cake (2004), starring Daniel Craig, and featuring quite a good ensemble cast, including two members of The Order of the Phoenix (Dumbledore and Shacklebolt, if you must know). Jokes aside, Michael Gambon was good in his role, and Tom Hardy is the other \’known\’ name, although his role was smaller. And Sienna Miller was, of course, gorgeous (but that was pretty much all she had to do in this one, was look gorgeous).

Pretty straight forward Brit Crime/Gangster/Suspense movie. Well written for the most part, well paced, plenty of twists and turns in the plot, but not confusingly so. Fairly easy to keep everyone straight, which is good in an ensemble cast while characters are dying and you\’re trying to keep factions and loyalties straight, etc, so on and so forth.

I enjoyed it, right up until the last 30 seconds, which were absolutely pointless. I didn\’t see any of the original marketing for this film, but it wouldn\’t surprise me if they teased it with the SHOCKING twist at the end. I thought it was uninspired, and honestly unnecessary.

I guess overall I do recommend seeing this if you\’re in the mood for something in the Snatch/Lock Stock vein. Just keep your expectations low.







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