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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Richard Coyle
Bronson Webb
Agynes Deyn.
Directors
Luis Prieto.
Screenwriters
Matthew Read.
Running Time
89 minutes

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Pusher
This mortal Coyle


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Plot
A London drug dealer's (Richard Coyle) life takes a turn for the worse when a narc kingpin (Zlatko Buric) comes looking for his money.


Review
Pusher
Nicolas Winding Refn's Danish drug thriller gets a British remake, exec produced by the Drive director himself. A sympathetic Richard Coyle takes the lead as Frank, a mid-level London dealer who ends up in debt to gangsters (led by Zlatko Buric)after a deal goes wrong. And yes, he has a couple of days to come up with the cash or he’s for it. Cue desperate, coke-fuelled dashes around the capital accompanied by a pulsating soundtrack from Orbital and shots of girlfriend Agyness Deyn writhing on poles.


Verdict
Nail-biting and genuinely heartbreaking moments mean it’s emotionally involving, even if it isn’t the cheeriest drug dealer saga in town.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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RE: Pusher

It was OK, but not a patch on the original - the director seemed to have been watching the early works of Guy Ritchie and Requiem For A Dream a few too many times before making this. Coyle was OK, I was a bit unsure about him in the lead as I think the only other thing I've ever seen him in was Coupling which didn't bode too well about a film about the criminal fraternity but he managed to carry the film. Don't think this was too much of a success box office wise so doubt we'll see rem... More

Posted by Indio at 22:59, 13 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Pusher

not too bad but suffered from feeling like one of those mid 90s films that came out after the success of Trainspotting and Human Traffic....you know a film that feels like an extended Underworld video. Richard Coyle was fairly watchable (although I couldn't shake the feeling that he was about to turn into his character from Coupling at any minute) and I was constantly engaged with the story (I haven't seen the original so didn't know how it would end) 3 stars ... More

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Posted by ChudMonkey at 10:47, 17 October 2012 | Report This Post


hmmmm, not great

OK so I haven't seen the original, but I was seduced by Refn being involved as I loved Drive. But this is not great. Coyle is a great actor but Deyn was miscast. She was too one dimensional for this movie. The stereotypical drug dazed music and multi coloured lighting was mundane and didn't add anything new to this druggy London themed drama. It did get better towards the end but I actually didn't believe the ending because of Deyn's typecasting and what we actually know of the Coyle's character... More

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Posted by Nefruaten at 18:28, 16 October 2012 | Report This Post


ANOTHER remake

Seen the original pusher trilogy and loved the first one next two were just ok, I'll probably give this a go but FFS can we have some original ideas, PLEASE! ... More

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Posted by Gram Woods at 16:18, 09 October 2012 | Report This Post


ANOTHER remake

Seen the original pusher trilogy and loved the first one next two were just ok, I'll probably give this a go but FFS can we have some original ideas, PLEASE! ... More

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Posted by Gram Woods at 16:16, 09 October 2012 | Report This Post


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