give me story over action anyday (by nathan_robins)
i really love this film and would say its rays best without doubt,this isn't a gangster film ,this isn't an action film,its a story and not just a story ,its a story that seems real.the script is top notch ,the direction is world class, the acting perfect.john hurts character is now one of my fav all time characters in any film and his profomance lives up to the character.i really hate how movies these days are about non stop action and no story yet people love them,the days of real acting is gone,classic films are not watched anymore,the days of the proformance making a film are <more>
over,well this gem has taken me back to the golden age.this should win awards
As a Movie lover, I love to watch movies that a good story and some serious acting, and emotions, and be completely fair, this one has them all, as was said, its not what you would expect from the title, it is a dramatic movie, and boy dose it give you drama, im not a drama lover, yet this film did make me want to watch it tell the end, don't know what it was, I guess the brilliant acting, and the emotional journey it takes you on, But I shall warn you this movie is not for people who just like to sit and watch a movie just for the sake of it, it's a movie that you would think about <more>
it when its finished, I salute the writer and the brilliant actors, and I just loved it. If you like this type of movies I do recommend it highly
I didn't see a movie like this for years... (by hendi_jamil)
So it's late, i am so tired and i watch this movie.Without expectation, without knowing what it is.And i expect to sleep soon.But even if i's so tired, i keep watching.I mean it's so refreshing, i just watch and every time i am amazed by this good acting and story.I mean all of this reviews they question the meaning of this movie.Nowdays everybody want a story full of clichés like Avatar, the good the bad the fight the final.No, this is more than a standard movie, makes you think and makes you feel.I am so asleep at all this new movies, made for money, and this one is the <more>
hope.It's still a hope for new movies, we can still watch a classic in 2010.The acting it's wonderful, even for this and the movie make's it for me.At least it's different, i can't imagine for how long i watched something as refreshing as this.I have in my mind The sexy beast ,which i also watch it without expectations and now it's one of my favourite movies.
When i heard that Louis Mellis and David Scinto , the writers of one of my all time favourite films - Sexy Beast - were teaming up again to write the script to a film starring Ray Winstone and Ian McShane , i couldn't wait for it to come out. It seems to have been ages in the making but finally i got around to seeing it today on it's UK release and while it's no "Sexy Beast" it's the best movie i have seen so far in 2010. Colin Diamond is in agony, shattered by the bombshell of his wife's infidelity with a young French waiter. His motley crew of friends - Old Man <more>
Peanut , Meredith , Archie , and Mal - kidnap Loverboy , and assemble a kangaroo court so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A very bumpy night ensues for Loverboy whose life is at stake as Colin wrestles with heartbreak, anger, madness, love and gargantuan self-pity.Within five minutes of the opening of 44 inch Chest , it is quite obvious you are watching a movie written by the same people as Sexy Beast . The language is that of Don Logan yet Logan is nowhere to be seen . This time we have fantastic characters such as "Old Man Peanut" , played brilliantly by John Hurt and Archie played by "Tom Wilkinson". This in not a gangster movie , although the people we see are hardly squeaky clean. it's more a film about retribution , betrayal , forgiveness and hurt and no one shows those emotions better than Ray Winstone . He is quite superb as Colin Diamond and his performance is arguable his best to date. 44 inch Chest might not appeal to everyone , especially if you are offended by extreme language , but i have got to say , this was right up my street. Rumour has it that writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto have fallen out with each other and do not even speak and if that is the case it will be a tragic loss the British movie scene , so please guys , sort it out and keep scripts like this coming!
It's so simple, but just fantastic. Dump of a warehouse, cheated husband,5 faithful friends thugs or thugs wannabe's , and funny, brilliantly profane, smart script and actors to die for.If you are easily offended with cussing and I never understood the nation appalled with word f..k, and in the same time in exaltation with violence in their favorite sports and news , just miss this movie. It just isn't for you and your ilk. This is a treatise on machismo and marriage and friendship, and it shows why man are the weaker sex. After all the bluster and violence, what stays is <more>
bottomless sadness. This is not "Sexy Beast", it is much better and deeper. Just fantastic...It just proves my point that I've been informed that my review contains a prohibited word. If I owned 20 guns and rifles, nobody would care. But a word that describes a common sexual practice scares everybody.
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning Colin Ray Winstone goes to pieces when he comes home from work and finds his wife Liz Joanne Whalley is leaving him for a younger man Melvil Poupard. Reduced to half the man he was, his friends, including no nonsense old timer Peanut John Hurt , smooth talking gay guy Meredith Ian McShane and voice of reason Archie Tom Wilkinson , take action and kidnap the home wrecker in broad daylight, scuttling him off to an abandoned house on the out-skirts of London. But as events draw on, <more>
Colin's mind starts to play tricks on him, turning his suspicions on his friends...and even himself.Originally a stage play presumably on the West End?!? 44 Inch Chest still translates well into a film under the helm of director Malcolm Venville. Executed with style and panache, the film pulls itself off with a natural flair and sense of worth that makes it work as a film. In the lead role, Winstone turns in a worthy, earnest performance that carries the film well, and is complimented by quite a supporting cast, each playing their respective roles very well. It's a film where atmosphere and dialogue make it the way it is for instance, Winstone's accomplices conjuring up various sexual slang for his wife's activities with her lover and in this sense it's very similar to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, in it's mood and style. It feels like it was originally a play through out, and although the original version was probably better, it undeniably has substance as a film. It also manages to work when it veers away from the talkier bits of the film, and moves into more surreal territory, as Winstone starts to lose his mind and dream up paranoid fantasies about those around him, which worked to great effect in the recent Shutter Island and which Venville carries off here. There's also a relative simplicity in the ending, but which suits it perfectly, swift and sharp and rounding off with no loose ends and a good time had by all except the French guy. ****
A Pinteresque exploration, beautifully written, acted and directed (by TDNathan)
While agreeing with the first reviewer that the plot could be summarised in the two words "nothing happens", very much the same thing could be said of "Waiting for Godot" and half the plays of Pinter. Indeed the style of dialogue is very reminiscent of Pinter, with the five main characters each portraying an archetypical personality type.The main point of the film is that the five characters are operating in a moral vacuum, and having to make their own decisions without influence from the law of the land or any other moral compass.It would seem that the Law is simply non <more>
existent in their world - they kidnap into a van in broad daylight in front of many witnesses without disguising the number plate, and they finally let their victim go having inflicted on him an ordeal which would earn them each a long prison sentence with only the slightest word from John Hurt's character that they don't want to hear any more about it.No, the whole point is that they, like the characters in Lord of the Flies, have to work it out for themselves.And this freedom allows them the range to each demonstrate their character with the finest of English acting. Some of their characters are rather hackneyed, like Tom Wilkinson's who moves seamlessly from discussing with his mother about her favourite TV show into being a heartless thug, in a manner reminiscent of the second scene of Pulp Fiction, but the John Hurt character is beautifully drawn, by script writer, actor and director alike.John Hurt plays an elderly man who clearly fancied himself as a ruthless thug in his younger days, and defines himself by his association with a psychopath gang leader. He is now treated with amused but slightly wary contempt by his friends, but is still determined to show his teeth by egging the Ray Winstone character into terrible and sadistic acts of revenge. The irony is that, in one of Winstone's psychotic daydreams, when given the opportunity to offer violence himself, his dentures fall out and he backs off, showing him for the toothless windbag he is.The other major archetype is a louche gambler and homosexual predator played beautifully by Ian McShane. In a scene reminiscent of "The Dice Man" he agrees that life and death decisions are too hard for an individual to take, and accordingly persuades Ray Winstone that the decision between flaying alive and release should be taken on the toss of a coin.The two main protagonists of the film are Ray Winstone, whose drink, shock and schizophrenia induced ramblings form the backbone of the script and Melvil Poupaud who never says a word and barely moves a muscle throughout the film. However, among a group of psychopaths, it is he, playing the kidnapped French waiter, who is the only one that the audience can relate to, and it is a tribute to Director Malcolm Venville that we know exactly what is going through his mind, despite his almost complete lack of expression.This is a film about the struggle between revenge, blood lust and evil on the one hand and justice, decency and humanity on the other. It is about a man working through a psychosis and returning to rational thought. It is about how people can reach their own moral selves without influence from Church, Law or Society.It is far from an action film, and if you want simple plot this is not the film for you, but it is a beautifully crafted set piece delivered by a very fine set of actors, performing a fine script and under subtle but powerful direction.
44 INCH CHEST is a very dark, brooding, cynical, fairly static stagey film that allows a platform for some of England's finest actors a tour de force in roles they likely chose because of the opportunity to work together. Aside from a few out shots scenes where the audience is allowed a bit more information about he background of the story and its characters this film feel like a stage play, so finely wrought is the dialogue and the pacing of the piece. For those who saw and appreciated SEXY BEAST also written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto and using some of the same actors , this <more>
film will reward. For those easily offended by foul language and physical violence this may be a film to pass. Aging gangster Colin Diamond Ray Winstone is informed that his wife of 21 years Liz Joanne Whaley , is leaving him and in complete disbelief and denial his emotions gradually unfurl into violence: he must discover the name of the lover. After sever beatings Liz tells him and we jump to a scene where Colin and his fellow crime friends are kidnapping the waiter Loverboy Melvil Poupaud, whose intensity as an actor commands our attention despite his lack of dialogue in a van. Loverboy is taken to a filthy room, beaten we suppose and is locked in a chest awaiting Colin's decision on how to handle the lad. Colin's friends include the mamma's boy Archie Tom Wilkinson , the seemingly suave Mal Stephen Dillane , the frankly gay Meredith Ian McShane , and the evil Old Man Peanut John Hurt : oddly enough the only background we know of these crooks is through flashback scenes with Archie caring for this mum Edna Doré and Meredith taking a call during a assignation with a nude lad on the sofa Ramon Christian . The point the friends are trying to make is that Colin is losing his grip on life because of the devastation and humiliation of being betrayed by his adulterous wife. They urge Colin to kill both Loverboy and Liz, make a coin toss to decide whether the reluctant Colin kills or lets them go, and when the toss comes up with a thumbs down decision, Colin is left alone with Loverboy tied to a chair to discuss the future. How this discussion proceeds and how Colin arrives at his decision on how to complete this cycle is the bulk of the story. So not much happens here with a script that is as foul as dirt and as powerful as a corpse- crushing machine - except the ability of this sterling crew of actors to bring to life characters who while they are terrifying on one level, show incredible support for their abused friend on the other level. It is a taut actors' piece, beautifully executed by actors and director Malcolm Venville. Not for the faint of heart but definitely for those who relish superb theatrics! Grady Harp
Not knowing much about the film beforehand, I was a little apprehensive about watching this, thinking it was going to be another 'gangster' film having seen the cast list . I was very wrong, and surprised by the intelligence of the film.People who largely enjoy "bubblegum movies" all flavour and no substance will probably be bored and dislike the movie, but viewers who think between the lines will hopefully see the intelligence of the film and the excellent acting and scenes between the group of characters.I saw the film as a trip into someones nervous breakdown and inner <more>
battle with his conscience.***possible spoilers*** The wife of the lead character Ray Winstone has cheated on him and the film is centered around his decision to seek revenge or not. It becomes clear that he has a tenuous grip on reality as he explores his conscience and decides the fate of the french lover his wife cheated with.To summarise, an excellent film, strong performances from the cast, a well written script, and a thought provoking concept.