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A Decent Brit-Gangster Film. Wow!
on 5 March 2001
Well, it's obvious to see where Antonia Bird has got her influences from. The whole film has a big 'Resevoir Dogs' feel to it, and the gunfight scene in the street almost seems like 'Heat'. However, this is no bad thing, as when America wants to they really can produce fantastic ganger films. The same, however can not be said of Britian. Ever since 'Lock Stock...' we've had a whole host of very very poor imitations, and even before 'Lock Stock...', british Gangster films were something to shy away from. However, 'Face' is a decent enough effort and in an overcrowded genre has something that just lifts it above the crowd. Sure, the script has cliches flying left right and centre and it's not the most original of films, but it is enjoyable and that's the main thing. The plot is engaging and the little twists that are added keep you watching right until the end. Okay, so I won't win most Orginal Screenplay at the OSCARS, but that's not really the point. It's highly watchable and the film keeps your interest well enough to cover up it's deficiences (of which there are quite a few). I could think of a lot worse way to spend a couple of hours.