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Genre: Crime/Thriller
Starring: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2004






- Director and Writer Commentary
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Q & A with Director and Daniel Craig
- Two Alternate Endings
- Deleted Scenes




Languages: English/French
Subtitles: English/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3




Planning to retire and begin a new life, Mr X, a successful West End drug dealer has been asked for one last favour: to negotiate the sale of one million hits of Ecstasy. Unfortunately, for Mr X, the pills were stolen from a Serbian drug lord who'll cut off his head if he sells them. And with a London crime czar promising to retire him permanently if he doesn't, Mr X may be rightfully concerned about his future. Nothing worth losing his head over.


Matthew Vaughn, producer of Guy Ritchie Brit-gangster parables Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel as well as Snatch, went it alone with Layer Cake in 2004 and his directorial debut is a welcomed effort matching the buddy humour of Ritchie’s films with a steady stream of dark thoughts, razor-sharp plot twists and beautiful shots of London.

There is nothing like a posse of established actors to take the pressure of your directorial debut and Daniel Craig has to be one of the finest leadings men right now. Having Michael Gambon’s sheer presence and Siena Miller to take the dudes’ minds off the shaky storyline helps as well.

Having stated that he consciously tried to keep Ritchie-like humour from creeping into his film, Matthew Vaughn might have taken his genre a tad wee bit too seriously. Come on, how many heists take place in London on any given day? Loosen up on the uppity pursed lips and clenched jaws (yes Daniel, I am talking to you) and flash a rascally grin at us, won’t you?


This disc is jam-packed with features and audio commentaries alone deserve an additional star on our ratings. Getting the writer and director to sit down and go through their movie again could be more painful to some people than others. The aforementioned features include an entire slew of deleted scenes, not one but two alternate endings, a Q&A recording with Matthew and Daniel, a behind-the-scenes featurette as well as some trailers.


The visual transfer is first-rate for a better resolution on Daniel Craig’s chest and Siena Miller’s pegs. The movie can be viewed in either English or French; subtitles are in Chinese, English, French, Korean or Thai.



Review by Lim Mun Pong


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