A contented ex-villain is forced to do one last spectacular robbery by a psychotic face from his past in this mould-breaking stylish thriller by director Jonathan Glazer. Gary Dove (Ray Winstone) is blissfully retired, living in a Spanish villa paradise with the wife he adores. His perfect lifestyle is shattered by the arrival of his gangster nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading him to return to London for a big heist. Desperate not to sacrifice his carefully built idyll, Dove is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Logan, ending in an explosive psychological showdown, and a sensational underwater bank robbery in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.
Brilliant British gangster film
- Sexy Beast review by PT
Gel (Winston's) is a retired criminal living in Spain, not tempted to return to villiany for anything. Enter psychopathic Ben Kingsley, to tryand change his mind for a job back in England ( do the job, do it, do it, yes yes yes yes yes). All the cast are great but Kingsley is something else. A must see for gangster lovers.
Ever since Villain, then Get Carter, we love a good actor doing the hard case London thing. As someone who bought car parts from Richardsons in South London for his MG ZA Magnette, oblivious of the fact it was a front for flashing mains cables about the persons/parts of Kray-connected, I feel well at home Rodney.
Ray just became type caste later, but still has the cred here, and Ben is just the Man.........must be before In Bruges? Similar vibe.
I saw this film when it first came out, and it certainly hasn't aged that much in nearly twenty years. It's just as amusing, brilliantly acted, and the directing is top rate. Of course Ben Kingsley steals the show, and Ray Winstone is in superb form - in fact everyone in the cast is great. Ian McShane looks and acts as though he ought to have been in The Godfather. I'm surprised that Jonathan Glazer has surprisingly made only two (very good) films since.
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Great film, weird transfer
- Sexy Beast review by JJ
5* for the film, 3* for the weird Blu-ray aspect ratio. The film was shot & released in 2.35:1, but the disc displays at 1.77:1, which seems a pretty odd decision to me - my own DVD copy is 2.35. You wouldn't chop an artist's oil painting down to fit the frame, would you?
Anyway, the film itself is as good as everyone says, and gets better with repeated viewings over the years. One of my top ten.
Surprised by positive reviews above, and 86% rating. Maybe they are young?
Was hoping it would be as good as Mad Dogs, or as funny as Bruges - which is brilliant.
Brighton Rock is more convincing, and that's very old!!
I rarely think a watching a film is a waste of time, but this one is poor.
Nice to Amanda Redman in this role.
And the young Spainish boy did well.
As for Ray and Ian, they have had much better material to work with.
Not impressed by Glazer.
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Great + intelligent film about London underworld
- Sexy Beast review by PV
This is a superb film - utterly stylish and stylised, as is usual from former pop promo director Jonathan Glazer (who recently directly the deeply disturbing Under the Skin).
The cast is superb - with Winstone capturing exactly the attitude of the white working class who have escaped the multiculturalist mess of grey grime+crime-ridden East London and a government and pc culture which despises them for their race, their class, their culture, to instead live in the sunny climes of southern Spain. OK< so this character is a criminal and not just a white working class refugee from 'vibrant and diverse' London, but his half a million plus Brit neighbours are the same as him in their culture and attitudes.
Congratulations to the film-makers for putting the white working class on screen - because it seems these days you can see any and every culture on TV and film, any ethnicity and diverse culture celebrated - except for the nasty white working class culture of the Cockney Eat End (always condemned as 'racist' by ignorant bigot 'liberals' seemingly unaware of the irony puddle they're sanctimoniously splashing in!)