Friday, April 11, 2014
I've been looking forward to this film ever since it premiered at Toronto last September, mainly because I think Jude Law is terrific, and this just seemed like a great vehicle for him, and it's directed by Richard Shepard who made the overlooked gems 'The Matador' and 'The Hunting Party'.
Law plays Dom Hemingway, a convict getting out of prison after 12 years. Of course he could have significantly shortened his sentence and returned to his family years earlier, had he just snitched on his partners in crime. But he didn't. And now he wants what he thinks he deserves for his silence. It's a Cockney English dark comedy that reminded me more than a little of 'Sexy Beast', at least during the first (and better) half. The story takes a few turns along the way, but not in a great direction. This is a very good movie, and at times even a great movie, with a hell of a great performance by Law, reciting some tongue twisting monologues in his thick Cockney. But unfortunately the film is uneven. I definitely would have preferred it without the family drama in the second half, and just kept it as a dark comedy throughout.
Who is this move for? Those who love the British crime dark comedies where the Cockney leads use the c--- word an awful lot.