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Monday, August 29, 2005

DVD Review: Layer Cake
You can probably count on one hand the number of reviews of Layer Cake that don't either compare it to Guy Ritchie's Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, or talk about its star Daniel Craig as a strong possibility to succeed Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. In case you're keeping track, this review is not one of them.

The comparison to the two Ritchie films is a fair one, since Layer Cake's director, Matthew Vaughn, was the producer for both of those movies (though most people seem to forget he also produced Ritchie's Madonna-starring Swept Away). With Layer Cake, Vaughn obviously borrows from Ritchie's slick visual style, although he drops a lot of the humour, replacing it with a much cooler demeanor.

Craig plays a man with no name who is lured away from an early retirement as a drug dealer by his boss, Jimmy Price, to find the daughter of Jimmy's boss, Eddie Temple. There's also the matter of one million ecstasy pills he has to deal with.

In a sense, however, it's two MacGuffins for the price of one, as it's not the goal that's important but the getting there. And in the case of Layer Cake, the getting there is an intense and intricate affair, not to mention a lot of fun.

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