Review Date: November 10, 2001
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Writer: David Scinto, Louis Mellis
Producers: Jeremy Thomas
Ray Winstone as Gal
Ben Kingsley as Don Logan
Ian McShane as Teddy Bass
Don't get me wrong, I too was scared of the guy, but it just felt a little recycled after a while. Having said that, full credit goes out to the film for developing a different path in its narrative, most of which seemed to reside closer to character relations, and for keeping things stylish the whole way through (the opening scene of the movie is a classic-"Holy boulder, Batman!"). I also really liked the soundtrack of the movie, which grooved things just right, appreciated the lead performance by Ray Winstone, who delivered all of the believable elements needed to portray his "stuck-in-the-middle" type situation and the actual heist scene, which has got to be one of the most original robberies that I have seen in quite some time (I won't ruin it for you here, but it's a doozy!) I guess the British film industry took the success of LOCK, STOCK... to mean that British crime flicks were the way to go, as SNATCH, GANGSTER NO. 1 and now this film, are hitting our shores. All of the aforementioned films have got a lot of style, but in this one's case, I didn't think there was really all that much else happening, once things got going. And that's another problem with this flick, it just seemed to take too long to get going (folks actually walked out of my screening) and the heavy accents didn't help matters either.
So does Ben Kingsley deserve an Oscar nomination for his performance in this film? Well, I don't know. First of all, his character is really more of a "supporting actor" than anything, and even though his performance was top-notch, it was admittedly quite "one-note", but definitely very different from anything he's played before. Another super actor in the film was Ian McShane who played the crime boss Teddy Bass. Yikes, one stare from that guy and I was shitting bricks. All in all, formidable performances, a unique twist on an old tale, memorable scenes, but a little too slow at points, and not enough juice to entirely fill my palette.