Sexy Beast

2000

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

109
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 47733

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Ben Kingsley as Don Logan
Ian McShane as Teddy Bass
James Fox as Harry
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by eric262003 9 / 10

The Beast Is Within Ben Kingsley

Who thought we would ever see a legendary performer like Ben Kingsley play a cunning vicious gangster? In a career spanning five decades, Kingsley has played icons like Gandhi, an accountant in "Schindler's List"and Sherlock Holmes's assistant Dr. Watson in "Without a Clue" among others. The last time Kingsley played a criminal was in the movie "Bugsy" as financial master Meyer Lansky. One thing I can tell you is that in "Sexy Beast", the beast is truly within his character Don Logan. He has the fearfulness of a drill instructor complete with a reddened visage and veins materializing on his forehead, yes he is someone you don't want to to get crossed with. And then there's a chap by the name of Dove (Ray Winstone) who's a retired gangster is residing in a villa in the Costa del Sol region in Spain with his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman), who's a former porn star. He rebuffs to go back to London to take part in a final bank heist set up by Logan's superior Teddy (Ian McShane).

Logan is the person who doesn't accept no for an answer which Dove informs our audience and I couldn't agree more. Logan's fearful ways is not based off of his toughness, but because he is an angry tyrant by nature. He has the instincts of a doberman, hard-nosed vicious. He takes the loyalties to please his leader an inject fear to those who cross his path. He has a natural talent for utilizing absurdities in volatile way and shows no apologies about it.

"Sexy Beast" falls in the annals of movies that centres around Cockney people of England along with "The Long Good Friday" and "The Limey". Along with the lines with the darker underground of London, the characters depicted falls right into place. Dove's a gangster who wants out, Logan's manipulation is to inflict fear, Teddy the ringleader has everything in place for this heist and Harry (James Fox) who thinks Teddy's his lover owns the bank and believes his bank is impregnable.

The heist at times seems a bit peculiar once Dove agrees to along with it. The criminals seems to have access to this Turkish bathhouse where the vault is, but they lack common sense being they should have drained the pool so the crooks wear breathing gear to get to the vault which naturally the water fills up which leads to an incredible scene where a crook finds a deposit box hoping it contains something valuable, only to get an unpleasant surprise.

The opening scene is really quite an eyeful. We see Dove at the Spanish villa sunning himself by the pool, when all of the sudden a giant boulder comes crashing down and nearly crushes him to death. That scene alone is very metaphoric. Eventually, Dove becomes the boulder by the time the second act turns. Kingsley has demonstrated that he can play any character you throw at him. He is scary, ruthless, manipulative, short-tempered, and feeds of his word with remorseless frustration. I never thought he had it in him.

His most cunning was the scene where while on flight from Spain to England, where an attendant asked him not to smoke on the plane and to put his cigarette out. But Logan will not oblige without a fight. That scene was worth the applause from the audience.

Ray Winstone turns in great performance as Dove, but just was badly upstaged by Kingsley's performance. Winstone has played fearful brutes as well. Who can forget his scary performance as an abusive father in Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth" or in "The War Zone" starring Tim Roth. When these performers want Winstone as their villain, they sure could get it out of him. Dove is portrayed as a gangster going legit, retreating to the softer side of life who can still inject fear among the residence in the villa, but is still frightened by Logan.

The humour in this movie is usurped by the thriller this movie depicts. Once the heist is done Teddy (cunning but laid-back) offers Dove a ride to the airport, which has few surprises in itself, part jilted, part ironic. These are tough guys that could make "The Sopranos" take notes from them.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

A beast of a film

With a cast like Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman and Ben Kingsley there was the thought that 'Sexy Beast' should be a really good film and couldn't go wrong.

'Sexy Beast' lives up to its potential as a really good film, and rarely puts a foot wrong. While it may not quite one's definition of sexy, it is certainly a beast and a fine one at that. This is much more than a "Ray Winstone gangster film" as it deceivingly appears on the surface. Instead it is a neat, tense crime thriller that pulls no punches and doesn't hold back, scarily so in fact. While there is a lot to recommend in 'Sexy Beast', it is the performances that carry the film and what makes it as good as it is.

Ray Winstone has seldom been more restrained and wisely so, while Ian McShane is creepy in an understated way, Amanda Redman is sensual and fiery and James Fox is solid. Stealing the film is Ben Kingsley who has never been more supremely terrifying than here, making for one of the most unforgettable screen psychos, anybody who knows him best from his gentler roles like Gandhi will still love him in those roles but not see them in the same way again.

That the characterisation is meaty, particularly the juicy one for Logan (a dream part for anybody wanting to do something different to usual), and that the material is good helps, but it is more to do with that the cast are strong enough actors to do justice to it.

Jonathan Glazer, in his film debut after his background in television adverts, brings slick tension and an audacious visual style to his directing. Visually, 'Sexy Beast' is bold, stylish and colourful, with the idyllic scenery contrasting wonderfully with the tension of the story. The music is suitably pulsating.

'Sexy Beast's' script, in a dialogue-driven film, positively blisters and the intense brutality of a lot of it makes the most foul-mouthed Quentin Tarantino films family friendly in comparison. The story, while structurally slight, delivers on the suspense and tension and intrigues, particularly in the riveting confrontational chemistry between Winstone and Kingsley (the former in a way playing second fiddle to the latter).

It's not a perfect film by all means. The tension and pacing slackens slightly in the later stages of the film and, although clever and slickly done, the caper subplot gets a little improbable towards being wrapped up.

Otherwise, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by mpdmartin 9 / 10

One of the best British gangster films ever made

Sexy Beast (2000) Reviewed by Martin Davis. Retrospect Film on Facebook. London villain goes into retirement on the Costa del Crime but is 'persuaded' back to do one last job. It's the kind of story told many times before, often badly. Jonathan Glazers' directorial debut however, revisits this old territory with a unique style of its own. From the surreal dream sequences to the razor sharp dialogue, it never lets up. Ex-con and safe-cracker Gary "Gal" Dove (Ray Winstone) is enjoying his idyllic lifestyle in Spain with his beloved wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman) and his longtime friend Aitch and his wife Jackie. Their tranquillity is shattered by the arrival of an old criminal associate, Don Logan (Ben Kingsley). Logan has been sent out to bring Gal back for a major bank heist and he's not taking no for an answer. The reaction of Gal and DeeDee and their friends, upon hearing of Logans' imminent arrival, sets the tone for this most unwelcome of visitors. It's the measure of a great actor that the man who earlier in his career had played the title role in Richard Attenboroughs' 'Gandhi' is so convincing in the role of a vicious sociopath. From the moment he appears on-screen Kingsleys' ferocious portrayal of Logan dominates every scene he appears in and his fearsome presence begins a chain of events from which there will be no going back. Upon returning to London Gal is reunited with Teddy Bass, the heist organiser, played by Ian McShane, another superb performance. In any other film McShane would have won the acting plaudits. The film lingers long in the memory for Kingsleys' role though. The cast and quality of acting turn 'Sexy Beast' from a standard crime caper film into something quite different. Winstone is excellent as Gal, a man whose past demons come back to consume him and push him to breaking point. There is also a terrific performance from Amanda Redman as DeeDee, his beleaguered wife. Crime thrillers rarely portray female lead characters with any real substance but Amanda Redman here, like Sharon Stone in Scorseses' 'Casino' is a notable exception. Seventeen years on 'Sexy Beast' still stands as one of the best crime thrillers ever made. In 2004 it was voted 15th best British film of all time by 'Total Film' magazine. Highly Recommended. Martin Davis. Retrospect Film on Facebook

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