Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Damon Albarn, Leon Black, David Boateng, Robert Carlyle, Gerry Conlon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
In criminal circles they are known as "faces." They are men of honor and respect. Their word is their bond, and crossing them can be deadly. Robert Carlyle stars as a hardened gangster in this explosive story of betrayal a... more »
Zwanet Hamming | El Paso, Texas | 04/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Antonia Bird brought us Priest, Ravenous and now brings us Face, I think her best work yet. It's a gritty thriller, placed in London about a group of armed robbers on the worst day of their lives. Only few will survive that day. Our main character Ray, played superbly by Robert Carlyle, is beginning to have second thoughts about life as a criminal. He was raised by his mother in a labor/left wing environment and has a hard time combining his background with his life as a gangster. We should also mention Ray Winstone, who plays Dave, Ray's main sidekick. Ray Winstone is the main antagonist in "Nil by mouth", another very gritty movie about life in Britain after Thatcher, where poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence go hand in hand. As in that movie, only Ray Winstone could have played the role of Dave in "Face". His portrayal of Dave is excellent, and as he gets himself more and more into trouble, you can see his character crumble. All in all it's one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time and I think that if you like the style of movies like "Nil by Mouth" or the "Cracker mysteries", you will not be disappointed."
Best of British
Aaron Gutsell | Clementon, NJ | 09/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Carlyle has yet another opportunity to showcase his considerable talent in a great crime thriller. The movie opens with an excellent robbery scene that soon devolves into a clash of greed, personalities, and intrigue. The depth of characterization portrayed is far beyond the typical Hollywood production, and Carlyle is aided considerably by great performances by Ray Winstone, Leana Headley, Steve Waddington, and Damon Albarn. Britain is not a gun culture like the U.S., and toughness is more a case of mana, or "face." The interplay of unemployment, row homes, subsistence-level criminality, and the occasional big score play out to the film's closing moments that include a knuckle-biting burglary attempt inside a police station. "Face" is one of the best Brit offerings in a decade."
There is nothing muddier than mud
Jacques COULARDEAU | OLLIERGUES France | 12/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is a thriller of that new type that looks into the gang of criminals and reveals, little by little, that it is a very difficult job to be a criminal and to earn a good living out of it. You have your accomplices you cannot trust. You have those that are finks. You have those who are too greedy. You have those who are too weak to look after themselves. You have those who do not respect instruction. You also have the cops, your parents, your girl friends, you wives and children. What a hard life it is to be a criminal. It looks like some may have reached the right time to withdraw from all that business and retire into some kind of cocoon, far away and alone or nearly alone. The great point in this film is that there is womething new happening absolutely till the end of the film itself. In other words there is absolutely no end to the human ugliness of criminals with other criminals, and all criminals are of course not necessarily those we may think. But they sure must be strong people somewhere to survive such a mess, at least one has to be to survive the mess that crime is. A sad film somewhere but optimistic about the resilience of the human species.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris Dauphine, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
Great british film!
pegta | Seattle, WA United States | 01/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i saw this movie last night and thought it was fantastic. carlisle and winstone are great, and live up to their usual standards. the movie is kind of like 'reservoir dogs' as it deals with a hiest gone wrong, and the paranoia which follows. it also reminded me of a 'fawlty towers' episode in that every thing that could go wrong did go wrong, except there was no real humour in it. the pace of the movie worked really well, and i would say, in hindsight of my comparing it to 'reservoir dogs', that the characters were much deeper and thus the viewer is more emphatic towards their fate. a nicely suprising flick. watch it. and look out for the character julian, played by blur's damon albarn."