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Layer Cake

8 Ratings: 3.6
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   As its title suggests,Layer Cakeis a crime thriller that cuts into several levels of its treacherous criminal underworld. The title is actually one character's definition of the drug-trade hierarchy, but it's also an apt metaphor … see full wiki

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: May 13, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Layer Cake

Meltdown: The Rise and Fall of a 'Good' Criminal

  • Aug 24, 2005
LAYER CAKE is a film to be watched with all of your senses alert: it is best viewed after a caffeine jag, or way before bedtime as it demands full attention to follow this circuitous and at times meandering plot. You have to work at this one but in the end the work pays off - sort of.

To begin with the main character (Daniel Craig) is a nameless 'good criminal' middleman working quietly producing Ecstasy pills. His motto is work small, stay quiet, pay your people on time, and get out when you can. The remainder of the story is how our nameless 'hero' becomes insidiously involved in the various layers of his chosen crime of drug trafficking and the results of his blood-streaked rise to the top layer of the cake. There are so many characters involved in this story (each well acted, tidy cameos) that soon you lose track of who's who and who just got whacked. It is a violent climb to the top and a surprise ending that in retrospect should have seemed apparent.

Daniel Craig plays his heart out with this character and he is joined by such luminaries as Michael Gambon and Colm Meany in pulling off a pulsating crime drama. Yes, it is in the same realm as 'The Usual Suspects' and other British wham bang high-density flicks. The goods are delivered - but the question arises as to who cares? Perfect for this genre, but keep the coffee brewing lest you let your attention lag. Grady Harp, August 05

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