Ever since Guy Ritchie brought Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels out, British crime thriller have been a favorite among film fans everywhere. Since then we have been treated to fantastic crime dramas such as Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, London Boulevard, Snatch and Rock N Rolla. The newest release in the genre is Pusher, produced by Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn.
Richard Coyle plays Frank, a small time drug dealer who wants to make a big score. He borrows a large amount of drugs from his supplier for a deal that looks like a sure thing but when everything goes wrong, he has very short amount of time to get the money from somewhere and pay his supplier back with dire consequences if he doesn’t.
Pusher is one hell of a fun crime movie with an enigmatic lead actor in Richard Coyle. I had previously only seen Coyle in the TV series Covert Affairs and was really taken with him in that, so to see him shoulder a feature film was quite a treat. He exudes menace and charm with ease and often simultaneously. The supporting cast are all fantastic as well and carry the fast paced and exciting story along with style and thrills. As Coyle’s Frank tried to get money in the short time period given to him, he gets more and more desperate and only ends up making his situation worse. It really is a story of a man’s ambitions gone horribly wrong as he gets himself in so deep while trying to make a big score. He eventually finds himself backed into a corner and sees no way out but to fight his way through all in his path. Exciting, tense and full of great performances by all involved, Pusher is a must see for fans of crime films and fans of British crime films in particular.
The Blu-ray from eOne is spectacular. Full of great scenery in the London underworld, dance clubs and back alleys, the picture is clean and full of excellent detail and clarity throughout. And everytime the action moves into a club, make sure that volume is cranked because this is the closed you will get to the club scene in London without being there, it is immersive and booming. A great presentation throughout, Pusher is a hidden gem for this month and highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.