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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slicker Than Skidmarks.
Here's a little-known crime caper set in London that actually doesn't feature Ray Winstone. Even so; it's seriously slick. And that, perhaps, is its weakness.

Unlike `conventional' movies that focus on the development of a single plot, with a tidy if bloody denouement; this movie simply presents us with a group of people, most of whom feature throughout (until...
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1.0 out of 5 stars 81 minutes of your life that you'll never get back
Shockingly bad thriller. Bad dialogue, ropey acting, awful score, woeful editing, mind-numbingly jumbled plot, total lack of any connection/sympathy with any of the characters (not helped by crass casting). Felt like the end of year project from some first year film students. Having to give this one star is an insult to the star.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 81 minutes of your life that you'll never get back, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Shockingly bad thriller. Bad dialogue, ropey acting, awful score, woeful editing, mind-numbingly jumbled plot, total lack of any connection/sympathy with any of the characters (not helped by crass casting). Felt like the end of year project from some first year film students. Having to give this one star is an insult to the star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slicker Than Skidmarks., 17 May 2014
This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Here's a little-known crime caper set in London that actually doesn't feature Ray Winstone. Even so; it's seriously slick. And that, perhaps, is its weakness.

Unlike `conventional' movies that focus on the development of a single plot, with a tidy if bloody denouement; this movie simply presents us with a group of people, most of whom feature throughout (until they're dead) and the entanglement of their lives' complexities. I think life is very much like that. It's reminiscent of the - superior - Pulp Fiction. There's a crooked cop, who has a steadfast second-in-command. The SIC knows his boss is bent but doesn't realise how far. A third member is very junior, still basically honest, and really has no idea how far the rot has set in. His is the steepest learning curve. The crooked cop is up to his neck in trouble and needs 5million to clear it. He and his SIC have been amassing a retirement stash "the Portugal Fund", but desperation leads to double-crossing. And so it goes on. There's slick robberies, slick confrontations, a slicker car-chase, and a slick script to deceive. There's a great pulsing background riff that simply alters tempo as drams requires. London is depicted to stylish effect in all of its luxuriant and seedy contrasts, If anything; it's the script that's too slick, because it imposes a bit too much on the viewer's memory. You can't afford to miss one line, as you'll likely miss an essential clue. Not least of which is an uttered name, which is a revelation moment for the junior detective. It's a plot lead lifted straight from "LA Confidential". If you're into the crime thriller genre, then you'll notice several threads teased from other movies. However, they all mesh one way and another. I thought the acting was perfectly adequate. There's a good selection of character types. Backfill stories are scant, to say the least, but the tempo of the movie is such that it leaves very little time for reflection. Everyone has their own story and motive and you see or hear just enough to grasp why they are involved. Editing is a tad choppy, but that's the style. Filming - often at night - is nicely realised with good, clear contrast.

I think critics have come down too harshly on this film. Obviously, if you're into straightforward story-telling and neat conclusions, this work will leave you flapping in its breeze. But accept it as a snapshot of a group of dishonest people and their conflicting wayward lives, and listen very carefully to what is said, then you should find it a great watch.

I'd recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too convoluted - even for 80 minutes, 9 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The Deadly Game is a relatively slick low budget crime thriller set in London involving a rum bunch of double, even triple crossing corrupt cops, mobsters and thieves. Like the similarly underwhelming Welcome To The Punch, London looks marvellous from the markets to the financial district but the movie is soulless. There are absolutely no sympathetic characters with the only emotions on display being greed and treachery. Makes Harvey Keitel's Bad Lieutenant look like a pillar of the community.

It all comes together plot wise at the end but an inordinate amount of concentration is required to follow the strands. Also noted a couple of steals from two Hollywood hits as in the Rollo Tomasi moment from LA Confidential and a watered down version of the corrupt crime establishment cartel from Training Day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars IT FEELS LIKE I'M LYING, EVEN WHEN I AM TELLING THE TRUTH, 1 Dec 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The film opens with a diamond heist then switches quickly to a cocaine bust. Oh wait. The cocaine bust was just a way for to coerce The Merchant (Gabriel Byrne) to hire the diamond thief (Toby Stephens) by rogue members of Scotland Yard who want to use him for a robbery....I think.

The film consists of a confused mess that is hard to follow. The robbery appears to happen right before the cocaine bust, but in one conversation it was "ago." There are people whose brother was killed, dad was killed, and others seeking revenge having motives that pop out with no clarity. There is a long series of double crosses and relationships that are boring. I don't mind watching a film I have trouble keeping up with, but the film has to have some entertaining scenes along the way. This was filled with a long series of boring scenes of people talking, while robberies, killings, and chase scenes are abbreviated.

There are far better British "thrillers" out there.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can't please all of the people..., 13 May 2013
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This stylish Brit crime flick didn't get much attention at the movies but makes for a couple of hours of entertaining home viewing, with a rip-snorting performances by Rufus Sewell and Gabriel Byrne. It's a heist-gone-wrong-revenge-movie mixed with a smidgen of Mission Impossible and a big old dollop of The Long Good Friday.

An expert cat burglar gets dragged into doing one last heist, while a set of Sweeney-style coppers blur the boundaries between good guys and bad guys, and London's leading ganglord struggles to pass his criminal empire to his dozily inept son. The plot dashes along pretty quickly and it doesn't stop to spoon-feed the audience, so you have to concentrate and fill in some of the gaps yourself. There's a niftily taut car chase and plenty of tension throughout; a few superb scenes between Sewell and Byrne (not enough of the latter overall, however), and a couple of genuinely FMOB moments where the plot developments caught us completely by surprise.
The filming is above-average, too; cleverly portraying modern London by night as sleek and seedy at the same time.
There are moments when 'All Things...' is a a bit too clever for its own good; the motivation for the central character's actions is a never completely explained. We discover that he needs £5million to pay off the steroetyped-foreign-bad-guys, and get the drift that it's cos he's been playing around with the wrong woman, but the details never really become clear. In many ways it was better not to over-think the plot, and just sit back and enjoy the action, and undeniable tension of the final few scenes.

Not the best Brit crime thriller, but very far from being the worst we've seen.
7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and intricate thriller, 13 Sep 2014
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Suroor Alikhan "suroora" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
What this is not is a Hollywood action film with a clear story that has a nice, neat end. Instead, it is a taut, intricate thriller that focuses on the characters rather than the action (although it does include one of the few car chases set in London!). There are no good or bad guys--they're all a murky grey, including the rookie cop who tries to stay clean. The characters are well-drawn and the acting is excellent. The reviews here were so mixed, I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad I watched it--it kept engaged throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the script, 1 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
London looks great and there's a really decent cast on screen. The makers get minus points for their storytelling though because as thrillers go, this is a bit of a mess. The limp plot strands (such as they are) straighten out in the end but there are very few credible motivations on show and the tale feels like a series of interlinked vignettes rather than a coherent whole. The master thief introduced as our hero doesn't pan out to be anything of the sort and half the time the screenplay has us routing for a corrupt cop. They also made the unforgivable mistake of speeding up a car chase. This isn't a turkey, just a disappointment. It has a fairly short running time which makes me wonder what was left on the cutting room floor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Been The Money, 3 May 2014
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
We are in London, looking at the big time, as Rufus Sewell who plays Parker, a Scotland Yard detective who is looking to fill his retirement till by looking into a cocaine case. We see him as he follows and catches a cocaine dealer, Mark Corso, played by Pierre Mascolo. Arrested and placed in jail, Parker then goes after Parker Corso's father, a big time crime boss,Joseph, played by Gabriel Byrne. In return for letting his son go, Parker wants Corso Sr to do him a favour by hiring another thief, Riley, played by Toby Stephens. This is a convoluted story of double cross by threes, and is very confusing.

The storyline leaves a lot to be desired, but the screen shots of London, the insides and outsides of the city are well worth a look. The film, no. No idea what Gabriel Byrne was thinking, did he do this for the money?

Not Recommended For Me. prisrob 05-03-14
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars total bore......, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Deadly Game (DVD)
think it's all been said by other reviews,mixed up,tedious,difficult to understand and make sense of the story line,total waste of time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Criminal with a badge, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: The Deadly Game [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Three policemen catch a guy with drugs. they go to the guys father as he is a merchant. They want him to get another guy, made me think of The Sting [DVD] [1977] except that nobody was that interesting. Does provide an engaging car chase through London.

In the end there is a big shoot out. Pass.
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