The Deadly Game

The Deadly Game

George Isaac (2012)

84min
15 Certificate
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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.

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 & Crew

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
Director George Isaac
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Other Information

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

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