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Layer Cake 
Just Terrible
1/4 stars

Without Daniel Craig and Burn Gorman, I probably wouldíve been harsher on this movie. Itís the kind of picture that tries to achieve depth and complexity by purposely muddying up everything to the point of utter confusion. Instead, why not just tell a straight-forward, astute, entertaining gangster film about drugs? Itís hard for me to pinpoint what I like about the movie other than the two actors mentioned previously because there were so many factors that didnít work for me. For instance, the writing is really weak, the gangsters arenít all that threatening, the cinematography of the film looks like itís made for television, and even the soundtrack is uninspired. At some points, Matthew Vaughn, the director, thought it was necessary to use flashbacks and narrations when, in fact, they make the picture that much more distracting and annoying to sit through. I guess some of the attempts at humor worked for me and I chuckled here and there but the comedy is not the core of it. The core is supposed to be the focus and the audiences are supposed to be engaged, not bored. I really donít have anything more to say because I didnít have good time while watching ďLayer Cake.Ē To be honest, this is one of the worst gangster movies Iíve seen in recent memory.


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BryanFury

BryanFury- wrote on 12/31/08 at 05:56 PM CT

 

Amen to that, I just saw it New Year' eve and it's just awful.

 
 
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