Layer Cake

Part of the 2005 USA Film Festival

Summary

Layer Cake (September 30, 2004)

Release Date: September 30, 2004
Starring: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, George Harris
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Runtime: 105 min
Original Title: Layer Cake
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Marv Films
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...

Cast Layer Cake

  • Daniel Craig
  • Role: XXXX
  • Tom Hardy
  • Role: Clarkie
  • Colm Meaney
  • Role: Gene
  • George Harris
  • Role: Morty
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Role: Slasher
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Role: Jimmy Price
  • Jamie Foreman
  • Role: Duke
  • Sienna Miller
  • Role: Tammy
  • Michael Gambon
  • Role: Eddie Temple
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Role: Sidney
  • Dragan Mićanović
  • Role: Dragan
  • Stephen Walters
  • Role: Shanks
  • Louis Emerick
  • Role: Trevor
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Role: Cody
  • Tamer Hassan
  • Role: Terry
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Role: Larry - Crazy
  • Nathalie Lunghi
  • Role: Charlie
  • Rab Affleck
  • Role: Mickey
  • Burn Gorman
  • Role: Gazza
  • Steve John Shepherd
  • Role: Tiptoes
  • Daniel Moorehead
  • Role: Dizzy
  • Francis Magee
  • Role: Paul

Trailer Layer Cake

I love British gangster movies. They’re like a breath of fresh air on a genre that’s beginning to show its age.

If you loved Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; if you loved Snatch; if you loved Gangster No. 1 or Sexy Beast or The Limey; then Layer Cake is your movie.

Sure, there’s just as much formula here as there is with the American/Italian counterparts. There’s all the usual suspects: a dash of thick cockney accents, layers of labyrinthian plot twists, generous helpings of great European trance beats and britpop, and a peppering of hyper-violence, and slathering of cool stylish filmmaking.

It would be pointless to try to explain Layer Cake. A good chunk of loving Brit gangster flicks is perpetually being a bit lost in the whodunit of it all. Suffice it to say that this unnamed bloke (the superb Daniel Craig from Road to Perdition) is a middleman drug dealer. He’s a very smart “businessman who happens to be selling illegal narcotics.”

The soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. And the performances were all top notch: Colm Meaney, Michael Gambon, Sienna Miller (from TV’s short-lived “Fast Eddy”).

Bu ja-know wa Oi fink? Oi fink ya gonna loik i a la!

(You’ll be speaking cockney in no time!)

5 Replies to “Layer Cake”

  1. Cool, Carl.

    {rant warning}

    Please be aware of the film’s MPAA rating. I used to review movies with all that info, but my personal belief now is one of passing that responsibility off to the consumer. And with the internet, there’s absolutely no reason why anyone can’t become fully educated and prepared for the product they purchase these days. It still completely bewilders me how so many people (present company excluded) find themselves in a movie that shocks them, and yet they didn’t research it ahead of time. “That dang Hollywood, filling my mind with evil!” Who’s fault is that?

    {end of rant}

    There’s a couple quick scenes in Layer Cake that might easily offend. That’s all I’ll say.

  2. I really enjoyed Snatch and have seen it several times. I have Lock, Stock on my Netflix list and will have to add this because it sounds interesting. Thx, Carl

  3. Absolutely loved this film, could stare at Daniel Craig all day! How fantastic is that man, has the most amazing eyes i have ever come across. That suit at the end…… Stunning!

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