When I first heard that Martin Scorsese was acting as executive producer for a film about a gun deal gone wrong between the IRA, South African Dealers and American mediators set in the 70’s my interest was grabbed. When I saw the amazing cast I just had to see this film, sadly due to a few personal issues its one that I missed in the cinema, luckily the DVD out now and with it comes a chance to watch a film that really deserves an intimate viewing.
The film manages to take a derelict warehouse and make it look visually stunning, combined with appropriate music a script that is completely on the pulse, filled with dark comedy and some fantastic action, its an unusual but brilliant film. I could sit and give you a detailed diatribe about what goes on the film but that would just ruin it for you, honestly the plot works because its what it is, we have our characters, we have conflict and we have eventual resolution, the film is one of those perfect stories, its self contained and it never tries to go beyond what it is.
Now I will be remiss if I do not mention this amazing cast : Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor, Patrick Bergin, Tom Davis and Mark Monero. Each actor here is brilliant on their own but together they just had such great ebb and flow it was truly wonderful. With a mixture of big stars, character actors, up and comers and lesser knowns everyone just worked so well together. Of course the two stand out performances where the always brilliant Sharlto Copley (District 9 and The A-team) and Michael Smiley who any Spaced fans will remember as the Drug Dealing Tyres.
This film was a truly unique experience and one any die hard cinemphile should have as soon as humanly possible.