Layer Cake

  • 15
  • Matthew Vaughn (2004)
  • UK / US
  • 101 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Marking the directorial debut of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer Matthew Vaughn, this decent enough British crime thriller is done few favours by its nondescript title. Daniel Craig plays a rising young drug dealer whose ambition is to make some quick money and then retire early to enjoy it. His plans - involving a massive shipment of ecstasy - are complicated by drugs lord Kenneth Cranham, who asks him to find the wayward daughter of an associate (dodgy businessman Michael Gambon). The performances are good, and Vaughn directs with assuredness and aplomb, but there's an over-familiarity about the subject matter that suggests it's time for Vaughn and his crime-movie contemporaries to seek inspiration elsewhere.

Plot Summary

British crime thriller starring Daniel Craig. A rising young drug dealer wants to make quick money and then retire early to enjoy the benefits. But his plans are thwarted when he is asked by a local crime boss to find the missing daughter of a powerful friend.

Cast and crew

Cast

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Daniel Craig
Gene
Colm Meaney
Jimmy Price
Kenneth Cranham
Morty
George Harris (2)
JD, "The Duke"
Jamie Foreman
Eddie Temple
Michael Gambon
Slavo
Marcel Iures
Clarkie
Tom Hardy
Sidney
Ben Whishaw
Tammy
Sienna Miller
Cody
Dexter Fletcher
Slasher
Sally Hawkins
Larry
Jason Flemyng
Gazza
Burn Gorman
Terry
Tamer Hassan

Crew

Director
Matthew Vaughn

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Oct 2004
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video
Categories
Drama