Violent, Senseless Remake
Release Date: August 26, 2011
Starring: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough,
Helen Mirren, John Hurt,
Philip Davis, Nonso Anozie,
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Rowan Joffe
Executive Producer: Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke,
Producer: Paul Webster
Writer: Rowan Joffe
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Pinkie is a promising, up-and-coming gangster. When he and some other members of his gang are called upon to carry out a revenge murder, Pinkie accepts knowing that this will elevate him through the ranks of the mob world. Pinkie’s plans go awry when a local girl, Rose, may have seen some incriminating evidence that could land Pinkie as well as other members of his crew in jail.
Pinkie, in order to solidify his alibi and keep himself out of prison, begins to seduce Rose, even going so far as to marry her, in order to keep her from testifying about Pinkie and his gang. Pinkie becomes more and more aggressive with Rose, yet she cannot pull herself away from him, as he’s the only man who has ever given her any attention. Their tragic romance leads to a climactic showdown on seaside cliffs, where Rose comes face to face with the real Pinkie, a vile, vengeful criminal who will stop at nothing to stay out of jail, even if that means killing Rose.
BRIGHTON ROCK is not a good movie. For a character-driven movie, the characters are flat and unchanging. There is no redeemable content, save a few references to the Catholic faith and prayer, but, unlike the original novel, they don’t have a positive impact on any of the characters. Pinkie is detestable, and it is unbelievable that he would ever be able to seduce Rose. The movie tries to explain her motivation by saying no man has ever paid attention to her, but her motivation is unbelievable at best.
Other critics are praising the actors for their bold, nuanced performances, but there is nothing bold or nuanced about one-note character arcs. The movie also has a strong, mixed pagan worldview with some graphic violence, foul language and other miscellaneous immorality. Most moviegoers will prefer to enjoy more exciting movies with strong, redeeming stories rather than flat, character-driven fare.
The characters in BRIGHTON ROCK are flat and unchanging. There’s no redeemable content, save for a few references to Catholic faith and prayer, but, unlike the original novel, they don’t have a positive impact on anything. Pinkie is detestable. It’s unbelievable he could ever seduce Rose. The movie tries to explain her motivation by saying no man has ever paid attention to her, but her motivation is unbelievable at best.