The Deadly Game

  • 15
  • George Isaac (2012)
  • UK
  • 84 min
The Deadly Game
Film Review
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2 out of 5

First-time writer/director George Isaac is out to prove that London crime is rife on both sides of the law with this densely plotted and capably paced thriller. But the characterisation is too thin to allow a fine cast to shine. Rufus Sewell is flintily amoral as the Scotland Yard detective who busts the drug-dealer son of a gangland bigwig (Gabriel Byrne) and forces him to help set up Toby Stephens's rogue thief. His superiors in the force and the government are as corrupt as he is and expect a cut of the proceeds from the bond snatch being used as bait. However, no one has factored in the conscience of rookie cop Leo Gregory. There's plenty of treachery and violence, but the pieces rather clunk into place, and while the robbery and subsequent car chase are solidly staged, they lack genuine excitement. Despite Sewell's laconic ruthlessness, Stephens's steely taciturnity and Byrne's world-weary arrogance, there's an all-round lack of conviction.

Plot Summary

A thief is hired to carry out an ambitious robbery, but the job puts him at the centre of a battle of wits between a London crime boss and a maverick police detective - a position that becomes even more dangerous when the heist goes wrong. Crime thriller, starring Toby Stephens, Gabriel Byrne and Rufus Sewell.

Cast and crew

Cast

Joseph Corso
Gabriel Byrne
Parker
Rufus Sewell
Riley
Toby Stephens
Sophia
Elsa Pataky
Dixon
Leo Gregory
Sands
Terence Maynard
Mark Corso
Pierre Mascolo
Cutter
Julian Sands
Attorney General
James Frain

Crew

Director
George Isaac

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Cipher Films
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Released 5 Apr 2013
Categories
Drama

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