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Layer Cake

"Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels" producer Matthew Vaughn turns director for this keen cinematic rendering of J.J. Connolly's novel about a modern day British gangster attempting to get out of the business. Daniel Craig ("Enduring Love") shows why he's been in contention for taking over the James Bond mantle, as his unnamed character traverses West London in search of his boss's runaway junkie daughter while he attempting to settle a massive drug deal gone awry. "Layer Cake" is a stylized British noir full of clever twists, biting dialogue and ironic violence that lives up to the codified demands of the genre perfectly. Special features include a commentary track by director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter J.J. Connolly, deleted scenes and two alternative endings with optional director's commentary, a making-of featurette, a question and answer session with Matthew Vaughn and Daniel Craig, a stills gallery, storyboard comparisons, and a music video. Aspect ratio is 2.40:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. (Movie - Four Stars, DVD features - Four Stars) Rated R, 144 mins. (Columbia/Tristar)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink