Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brighton Rock

Director: Rowan Joffe

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Phil Davis, Sam Riley

Based on Graham Greene’s novel this is a remake of the of the Boulting Brothers' movie of the same name which starred Sir Richard Attenborough. Now set in 1964 in Brighton to the background of pitch battles between mods and rockers, the moral tale of vicious thug, Pinkie Brown and his nasty gang is told. The ambitious teenage, hoodlum played by Sam Riley wishes to replace local crime boss, Colleoni, (Andy Serkis), a resident in the seafront, Continental hotel. Pinkie has an Achilles heel however following the murder of a rival villain. He needs to retrieve condemning evidence to save himself, and the naïve waitress, Rose (Andrea Riseborough) holds the key. The guttersnipe decides rather than menace her, he will marry her to prevent Rose from giving evidence against him in any future murder trial. The café manageress and tart with a heart of gold, Ida (Helen Mirren) makes it her business to bring Pinkie to book but so too does mob boss, Colleoni have Pinkie’s card marked. Just who comes out on top? Well you will need to see the movie to find out. However not for lovers of the original novel nor movie for that matter.

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