Reviews

Gangster No 1

3

Today's movie is brought to you by the letters F and C. The more tough guys there are on screen, the more they splash around swear words like a teenager with his first bottle of cheap aftershave. But the problem isn't that we're offended by the language - it's that huge chunks of dialogue exist without purpose.

In the context of the UK film industry, however, constant swearing is a 20-foot-tall signpost telling us that we've left the niceties of Notting Hill far behind and are venturing into the Isle Of Reservoir Dogs. There are more British crime films lying around our cinemas than there were bodies on the ground after the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Love, Honour&Obey, then Circus, now Gangster No 1, with Guy Ritchie's Snatch to follow... Like the mob-boys themselves, each tries to prove it's harder, smarter, cooler...

So by definition there can be nothing meek and mild about Paul McGuigan's follow-up to The Acid House. It's a film about bloody-minded ambition in all senses of the word, as an unnamed young thug plots the overthrow of his crime mentor while indulging his own psychotic tendencies.

The plot is all too familiar - - think Brutus and Caesar, Richard III, count-less men who would be king - - but McGuigan emphasises that our anti-hero isn't trying to replace his boss as much as become him. Yet he's sacrificing his own personality for a void - - by becoming Number One, he also becomes No one.

The authenticity is supplemented by a believable crimeworld cast of low-lifes: Thewlis plays camp underneath Mays's viciousness, making him seem all the more dangerous; and McDowell draws from his repertoire of screen nutters. But, despite the dual time-frame, Gangster No 1 ultimately belongs to new Brit talent Bettany.

Verdict:

There's nothing unexpected plotwise, and the violent flashpoints aren't enough to maintain momentum during the final act. Be grateful, then, for some terrific performances as we're dragged down a darkened Memory Lane for a solid kicking.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 9th 2000

User Reviews

    • sevdamm

      Feb 5th 2011, 2:49

      Canlı Chat Canlı Sohbet canlı okey okey oyna okey oyna canlı okey sohbet canlı sohbet odaları canlı chat odaları sohbet odaları chat odaları sohbet siteleri Sevda Sevda Sohbet Sevda siteleri damar sohbet hatay sohbet kayseri sohbet damar sohbet kızlarla sohbet burdur sohbet bolu sohbet trabzon sohbet mamak sohbet artvin sohbet mardin sohbet kilis sohbet gumushane sohbet edirne sohbet dersim sohbet almanya sohbet antalya sohbet mersin sohbet karadeniz sohbet akdeniz sohbet ankara sohbet izmir sohbet cinsel sohbet adana sohbet kadinca sohbet Dj Ates Dinle forum sohbet odaları lez sohbet gay sohbet cinsel sohbet- mirc indir çet hatay radyo dinle- ankara sohbet- izmir sohbet istanbul sohbet adana sohbet bursa sohbet- trabzon chat zurna dul sohbet sohbet kanalları- mersin chat antalya sohbet - rock mp3 indir türkü dinle sohpet mersin sohbet adana sohbet yozgat sohbet sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları- sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları sohbet odaları erzurum chat türk chat türk chat hatay sohbet sıcak sohbet sex sohbet sex sohbet radyo dinle radyo dinle sohbet odaları sohbet odaları avrupa sohbet islami sohbet

      Alert a moderator