Best movie I've seen this Summer
John Heard | in an airless chamber somewhere | 09/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you live in the States, and you watch movies, then you probably haven't seen a crime movie released like this since the seventies.
The plot involves a midlevel heroin dealer who finds himself in a tight spot when he becomes indebted to a local crime boss. He can't shoot his way out of it like every crime/action movie from the last twenty years. He's got to do what he knows to try and pay off his debt.
Crime movies became very stylized in the nineties. Sometimes they got a little silly.
Pusher isn't anywhere near silly. Because it's shot mostly with a mobile handheld camera you'll forget you're watching a movie about twenty minutes into the story. It's got style, but it's never at the expense of substance. The characters seem real enough to make mistakes that are human but also absolutely damning. Underworld types are shown durring the usual routine of the day, but the story never feels slow and no scene is a waste.
Tired of watching formulaic movies featuring drug dealers with dreams, hitmen with hearts and stunning, savy prostitutes? Watch this movie. See a despicable dirtbag who will use anyone around him. You'll know who these people are, but you won't feel like you know what's going to happen next."
Marcus Hicks | 11/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good movie that isn't too dark. The characters are right on and so are the accents. Think Pulp Fiction, Hardboiled, Hate and the Usual Suspects and your on the right track. The flow is definitely not as slow as other European movies that follow the drug game. And the ending is right on!!! Real life man. Real Times. Like my man would say Yugo pusherman!!!!"