LAYER CAKE Add To My Top 10
The Wages of Sin Is Death
Release Date: May 13, 2005
Genre: Gangster Thriller
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Executive Producer: Stephen Marks
Writer: J. J. Connolly
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom
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Before this can happen, the crime boss with whom he works asks two favors from him. First, he must negotiate the sale of a huge shipment of ecstasy with The Duke, a loose cannon petty crook. Second, he must track down the missing drug addicted daughter of an even more powerful criminal named Eddie Temple.
Neither of these jobs turns out to be simple. Betrayal, murder and hidden alliances become the order of the day, and the nameless drug dealer discovers there’s more happening than he imagined. He also finds out that getting out of the business won’t be as easy as getting into it. Just when he thinks he’s solved his problems, another problem arises, with more death around the bend.
LAYER CAKE is a brutal gangster movie. Though cleverly plotted, acted and directed, the best that can be said for it is that it clearly shows at the end that the wages of sin is death. Despite the constant foul language, it is a more literary example of the genre than most other movies of its kind. This is probably because the writer who wrote the book also wrote the screenplay. The title refers to the layers of society that gangsters, and everyone, must navigate in order to get ahead. Hence, the movie’s worldview seems to be a Romantic one wherein the structure of society has a corrupting influence.
LAYER CAKE is a brutal gangster movie. Though cleverly plotted, acted, directed, and written, the best that can be said for it is that it clearly shows at the end that the wages of sin is death. Just when the protagonist thinks he’s solved his problems, another problem arises, leading to more death around the bend.