Every once in a while a movie featuring an 'anti-hero' type character comes along and kicks my ass.
Well, the namesake of this film is the anti-hero to end all anti-heroes. McDowell as the older and Bettany as the younger play one of the most evil characters in my memory--a sadistic, power-mad, ruthless London gangster who stops at nothing to be #1.
I hate Paul Bettany. First he impressed me in the otherwise mediocre A Beautiful Mind.
Then he married Jennifer. (OK, it's not an acting comment, but I had to say it.) And after his awesome supporting turn in Master & Commander
and now this--he is one of the BEST young actors working today. He embodies
the younger McDowell, even though they look so different. Uncanny. And it was McDowell's strongest performance in years.
Check this one out...I'm not even a fan especially of English crime films but this one is more than a genre piece. Well done, Paul McGuigan.
Has anyone else seen this?