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McDowell, Bettany & Thewliss - a powerful cast offer grim, ritualistic & perhaps realistic 1968 London-gangster-crime
on 11 February 2016
McDowell, Bettany & Thewliss - a great cast offering grim and ritualistic gangster-crime from 1968 - as perhaps director Paul McGuigan really wished to reveal. The film was brutal, earthy and perhaps excessively realistic - indeed its rather gratuitous violence (mainly one scene) was the sole cause of me not awarding it 5 stars. However, it is the very dark, no-holds-barred nature of this powerful British film that won't easily let you forget it once you've viewed it. The plot is obvious right from the start, so therefore it is the amoral and psychotic characterisation of each individual who come together in a tale that witnesses the full spectrum of human emotional tone - awe, admiration, envy, hate, love, retribution and contrition - that simply grips the viewer from the beginning to the end. McDowell & Bettany are so convincing, whilst Thewliss singularly offers the viewer two genuine faces of the criminal mind and phase of life. Watch it, perhaps in parts with fingers splayed over eyes, but watch it if you can.