A cocaine dealer gets involved in a scheme to sell stolen pills,
which turns his life upside down on the eve of his planned retirement.
Layer Cake (2004)
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Written by J.J. Connolly
Starring Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, George Harris, Michael Gambon, Kenneth Cranham, Sienna Miller, Jamie Foreman,
Sally Hawkins, Burn Gorman, Tom Hardy, Tamer Hassan
Based on the novel by J.J. Connolly
After watching Layer Cake, it's easy to see why Daniel Craig won the role of James Bond. He leads this awesome cast with such ease and gusto, making the film an enjoyable chapter of his filmography.
I've always enjoyed films involving the English mob and Layer Cake definitely was a good one. I was never really sure who was loyal to who and whether or not the pill scheme would come back and bite them in the ass. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I was, however, disappointed by the unresolved plot thread of the missing girl. I was hoping that there would be some closure to that and the film lost points for not tying off that thread.
Still, despite that misstep, Layer Cake is a badass gangster flick with a solid cast, witty dialogue, and a quirky script. If you want to see Daniel Craig let loose, this is the film you've been waiting for.