Antonia Bird delivers a stylish, adrenalin-driven action-thriller with Face. And the cast certainly boasts an impressive, phenomenal line-up with the ever-excellent Robert Carlyle as the "face", the always-brilliant Ray winstone delivering another power-packed performance, plus Philip Davis is a darkly humorous role, Blur singer Damon Albarn in his acting debut (and immediately impresses) and Steven Waddington, Lena Headey, Peter Vaughan and Sue Johnstone are all enthralling in their characterisations.
The plot goes that Ray the "face" (Robert Carlyle), having recently been released from prison, is now ready for the "big job", and the "last job" that will see Ray and his team of villians financially set up for life. However, though the job goes smoothly enough, the gang soon discover, much to their obvious dismay, that the "take" from the "job" falls far short of the £3,000,000 they had each anticipated. So follows a fraught tale of how the gang members begin gradually turning against each other, how paranoya escaltes out of control and greed takes over leading to murderous consequences.
There are plenty of surprise twist and turns to keep you glued throughout. The stylish, high octane action is always riviting to watch, not least at that intense, exciting climax. A film that keeps you in suspense, a stellar cast line-up that all shine their talents to full effect, and superb direction by Antonia Bird, Face defintely, therefore, gets an easy 5 star rating.