The Business (2005)
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The Business is at its best when it celebrates the fashion and the music of the 80s. Love's passion for the era is clear... The plot is not always of the same standard.
A rootin' tootin' no holds barred Brit crime thriller, The Business succeeds by sheer thuggish intent.
Will have a hard time appealing, even, to the Ladsy audience it's unmistakably made for.
Danny Dyer tones down his usual swaggering cockney act and gives a genuinely sympathetic performance - his relationship with Tamar Hassan's Charlie is surprisingly touching.
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Another British gangster flick filled with more cockneys than a south east cafe, Nick Love is at it again like his best mate Ritchie and to be fair to him he does make a solid flick. All the usual suspects are back again from Love's previous film to portray your common bunch of English criminals up to no good but this time they are all on the continent in Spain living it up with booze, drugs, sand n sex. Its pretty much exactly what Spain is really like around the coast, full of Brit chavs and Brits with money all fat and tanned looking like Del Trotter. Nothing new to see here plot wise, its all about drug dealing, beating people up and the odd double cross but it is made and directed well looking spot on for its 80's setting. Love is a pro at getting that 80's look like his other film 'The Firm' and this film is probably his best so far, they all are cockney based plots of course. Not too different from 'Layer Cake' but not as good, close but this came one year too late basically and was beaten to the punch by Vaughn's film. On the plus side the film has a great soundtrack but you do get the impression Love has crammed in as many classic 80's tunes as possible just to get a good soundtrack deal for sales.
One of Danny Dyer's better films and certainly Nick Love's best. It's a harsh lesson to the quick rise and fall of an underworld lifestyle, perhaps glamourised a little too much, but a pretty good watch all the same. There are some great characters created here, in typical Brit crime abroad fashion.
Far from being in the same league as Goodfellas, Casino. However this is an enjoyable British film showing the rise and fall of an East London gangster getting involved in the drug scene in Spain. Set in the 80's with the typical fashion of the time but with a great soundtrack to boot. Quite violent, brutal and with a lot of swearing as well but an interesting story all the same.