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Layer Cake

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United Kingdom · 2004
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director Matthew Vaughn
Starring Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, George Harris
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime

A savvy young drug dealer, known only as XXXX, complies with two unusual requests from his boss: find a rich socialite who's escaped from rehab, and work with a small-time mover to sell ecstasy pills. He soon finds out that the pills were stolen, and that he's been set up by people much richer and more powerful than him. XXXX must rely on his wits to save his life.

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The writing is crisp and deeply layered, and the filmmakers gave themselves a rich array of actors to work with.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.


The A.V. Club by Nathan Rabin

The always-dependable and chameleon-like Craig has the chops and substance for that kind of film, but Vaughn prefers to keep matters brisk and superficial.

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