Pusher

  • 18
  • Luis Prieto (2012)
  • UK
  • 85 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

A remake of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's gritty break-out 1996 Danish movie, this vibrant urban update set in post-rave culture East London works surprisingly well, mostly because its antihero Frank (Richard Coyle) is no longer a thick-set blue-collar bruiser but a charming, likeable cocaine dealer who mostly sells drugs to his friends. It's this which makes his descent into hell all the more dramatic, when a sure-fire deal goes horribly wrong and suddenly all the doors that once opened are slamming shut in his face. Coyle is by far the standout in a neon-saturated nightlife thriller that throbs with a persuasive clubland beat, but the elements around him don't quite match. Agyness Deyn, as Frank's beautiful but blank pole-dancer sweetheart, Flo, particularly struggles to muster the necessary sympathy that will see the film through to its crucial last stretch. The movie has personality, though, as well as a rare emotional intelligence that separates it from typical British gangster fare.

Plot Summary

A London drug dealer arranges a profitable trade, but the plan goes horribly wrong and he ends up heavily in debt to a sadistic Serbian gangster. He faces a race against time to raise the cash before the crime boss enacts a vicious retribution. Remake of the Danish crime thriller, starring Richard Coyle and Zlatko Buric.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frank
Richard Coyle
Tony
Bronson Webb
Flo
Agyness Deyn
Milo
Zlatko Buric
Fitz
Paul Kaye
Hakan
Mem Ferda
Danaka
Daisy Lewis
Marlon
Neil Maskell
Jack
Bill Thomas
Maurice
Ray Callaghan

Crew

Director
Luis Prieto

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references, drug abuse, a sex scene.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Oct 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama