Layer Cake

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Thriller
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: June 10, 2005
DVD: August 23, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 3.60
based on 555 votes and 11 reviews
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Cast: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Marcel Iures, Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw


Sleek, well dressed and polite, our unnamed hero (Daniel Craig) is a consummate professional. Treating cocaine and ecstasy like any other commodity, he has made a fortune for himself by keeping his hands clean and staying under the radar. Having made the decision to retire, his aim is to break free from the world of crime, drugs and violence and live a simple, quiet life with the money he has amassed. But before this can happen, crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) wants two last favors from him. First, he must track down the missing drug addict daughter of powerful criminal Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon). Second, he must negotiate the sale of a huge shipment of ecstacy with The Duke (Jamie Foreman), a loose cannon petty crook playing well out of his league.

What should be routine transaction is anything but and nothing goes according to plan. Instead, duplicity and hidden alliances become the order of the day, in a struggle for power that reaches from the crack dens of London to the highest ranks of British society. Quickly he learns he is part of a machine much greater than he imagined, and getting out won't be quite as easy as getting in.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Screenplay: J.J. Connolly
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  • 3 stars "if you are into british gangster flics, this movie is for you. great acting with very salty language. worth a look."