Brighton Rock details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Pete Postlethwaite, Andy Serkis, Sean Harris, Nonso Anozie, Steven Robertson, Steve Evets|
|Genres:||Drama - Crime, Mystery, Thriller - General, Psychological|
|Collections:||June - Drama/Thriller, June New Releases|
|Rental release:||20 Jun 2011|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Rowan Joffe updates the world of Brighton Rock, as trouble brews between the Mods and Rockers.
Most helpful review
Skillful Adaptation of Greene's Brighton Rock!By a customer from Beddington , 05 Feb 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]While Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock took place in the 1930's this movie is adapted to the 60's, which I rather enjoyed and preferred.I was swept away with this film.By far one of the best British films I've seen with some remarkable performances from Riseborough as Rose,Mirren as Ida and Riley as Pinkie.While the plot was excellent, it could have easily become a very mediocre film if the wrong actors were cast for the crucial parts. The themes centre around the Catholicism, love and hate (or good and bad).For me Rose, the very naive waitress that Pinkie (a gangster) gets involved with as she was the last person to have seen Hale(who was found dead and killed by Pinkie) and one of member's of Pinkie's gang.Pinkie gets married to Rose to ensure her silence. The end is unexpectedly tragic in more ways then one.Rose was so devoid of love and affection in her family life (her father sells her to Pinkie for £150) that the first man that pays her attention she falls madly in love with.Sadly this man was a murderer and despised her.Yet despite the fact that he tried to get her to kill herself and left her a record saying what he thought of her, she lived in blissful ignorance of a love that was just completely one sided.
This is a must watch for anyone who loves good movies.You won't be disappointed!
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A boring waste of time!By nellygreen (3 reviews) , 10 Mar 2013Don't even consider this, get the original version as it is brilliant and this is a poorly acted let down of a remake. I spent most of the film wondering when something might happen, my favourite moment was the end as I got to turn it off!
Very satisfying modern adaptationBy BenLaw (32 reviews) , 02 Jan 2013As a fan of both the book and the 40s film, I found this film extremely satisfying. The update to the 1960s and mods & rockers feels unnecessary but is not unsuccessful. It allows for some marvellous cinematography (particularly of the pier) which may have been rather more limited if only 30s landmarks had been allowed. The 'central' scene of the Mods moving in on their scooters also works well, and its mildly lighthearted nature provides an interesting juxtaposition to the brutal violence. Brighton Rock will inevitably succeed or fail based on the quality of the actor playing Pinkie. It is an incredibly difficult role, full of pain, conflict and ambiguity. For the first 20 minutes it seemed that Riley may be a little immature and limited for the role. As the film progresses, however, it is clear he is being understated. He is charismatic, menacing, malevolent and gives as much ambiguity as the director allows. The ending is changed, but again in an acceptable way. The climactic scene and the record scene are both tremendous, the latter in particular showcasing the acting talents of both Riley and Riseborough. With such classic source material and an earlier film starring a British institution, all involved in this film were potentially on a hiding to nothing. Not only do they avoid the obvious pitfalls, they've created a really excellent film in its own right.
Brighton Rocks!By LisaJ (70 reviews) from ADDLESTONE , 10 Nov 2012I was hooked from the beginning and found this film to be stylish and compelling. The character of Pinky kept me waiting for the awful to happen, with his sinister demeanour but I was never quite sure if it was going to come or how. The filming captured the time and throughout there was a scent of menace in the air. The cast were great and I simply enjoyed this film.
Great performances and mise en sceneBy abingdonfilmlover (80 reviews) from Abingdon , 04 Nov 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Andrea Riseborough is quite extraordinary in this. You take on the black and white original at your peril, but I greatly enjoyed the grimy settings of this and the performances across the piece are great.
The mixed reviews are probably more reflective of its dark subject matter than the quality.
Not As Good As DickieBy stevenw05 (47 reviews) , 19 Oct 2012If you have seen the original then you will be disappointed by the new version. Attenborough was menacing as Pinkie Riley was like a moody teenager,Worth a watch but not a patch on the original