by David Gurevich
If, like me, you were seduced by the trailer for Sexy Beast, a new British gangster flick, there will be few surprises: stylistically, the film is undistinguishable from the trailer. It is the directorial debut of Jonathan Glazer, previously known for Guinness commercials and Radiohead music videos. The pace is set from the opening shots: a hefty big-bellied Brit named Gal (Ray Winstone of Nil by Mouth) baking in the sun, a lush Mediterranean landscape, an off-screen commentary about the joys of retirement from a solid life of crime – all to a pounding rock'n'roll beat. The Cockney commentary is just ironic enough to telegraph what’s to come: the good life is not all that great – quite boring, actually – and it is about to come to an end.
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