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The year is 1964. The place is Brighton. A once quiet seaside town is suddenly overrun by gangs of sharp suited Mods and greasy Rockers looking for a riot. Amongst the chaos lurks top Mod and gangster Pinkie Brown. Ruthless, ambitious and horrifically violent, Pinkie will stop at nothing in his brutal quest to make a name for himself within the criminal underworld. But when a cold bloodied killing links him to a waitress named Rose, he uses seduction to secure her silence. Can Rose be saved in time from Pinkie, or will he drag her further into a world of death and damnation?
Based upon the classic novel by Graham Greene, Brighton Rock is a gripping, razor edged thriller. The directorial debut of screenwriter Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later), Brighton Rock features two generations of Britain’s greatest acting talent including Sam Riley (Control), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), Helen Mirren (The Queen) and John Hurt (The Elephant Man).
• Commentary with Director Rowan Joffe and Editor Joe Walker
• Cast and Crew Interviews
• Mod or Rocker Featurette
• Anatomy of a Scene - The Making of the Record
• Reflections on the Boulting’s Brighton Rock
• Alternative Opening Sequence Storyboard
• Mods and Rockers (1964) - short film Directed by Kenneth Hume
It was always going to be a brave move to bring another version of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the big screen. Yet there’s enough of an identity within director Rowan Joffe’s take on the material to give the film a distinction of its own. Joffe recruits Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Andrea Riseborough for the film, and steers a path that’s slightly different from the book. Nonetheless, the end result remains a solid thriller, with lots of little reasons to commend it.
It’s an incredibly stylish Brighton Rock, for starters, which has both pros and cons. On the plus side, it’s always an interesting film to look at. The negative? Well, there’s an argument that said stylings do get in the way just a little. But then you get some strong performances, that swing things in Brighton Rock’s favour anyway. Sam Riley, impressive in Control, is on fine form here, and leads a strong cast. The end result is never likely to be regarded as a much-talked-about classic, certainly. But this Brighton Rock nonetheless has more than you might expect in the tank, and makes for an enjoyable, interesting thriller. --Jon Foster
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But what of the movie as a movie? The cinematography is striking and the "look" of the film is starkly stylish with, in particular, some stunning crane shots - especially the scenes shot at Beachy Head. The individual takes are short and often fragmentary, which lend the film a brittle and nervy dramatic character, in keeping with Sam Riley's playing of Pinkie, the central character, a murderous youth with a very short fuse. Andrea Riseborough (quite unrecognisable in spectacles) is outstanding as Pinkie's "girl", Rose. The rest of the cast is highly distinguished and includes terrific performances by, among others, John Hurt, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Nonsoe Anosie and Phil Davis.
Better or not so good as the 1947 film with Richard Attenborough? It doesn't matter. The 2010 "Brighton Rock" is different, both from the novel and the earlier movie, and as such is well worth viewing. It has its own highly successful dramatic integrity, pace and character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent well made film, gritty, British and really good acting. A gem of a filmPublished 1 month ago by Scarlett D.
Disappointing.Trawler showed some nice scooters.Unfortunately an opportunity wasted to show Brighton at its best.Published 4 months ago by ................
A catastrophy.Stay away from this if possible,stick to the original.Published 4 months ago by Nice_Lieutenant
Terrible remake of the film and totally unfaithful to the novel by Graham Greene. Everything is wrong with this film.Published 6 months ago by The Professor
Excellent film, much better than I was expecting, and a truly wonderful performance from Andrea Riseborough.Published 9 months ago by David