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Layer cake - Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Sienna Miller, Matthew Vaughn

Threat advisory: Severe - Severe risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Sleek, well dressed and polite, XXXX (Daniel Craig) looks like any other businessman. Treating cocaine and ecstasy like ordinary commodities, he has made a fortune for himself without ever really getting his hands dirty or losing his anonymity. Now he's looking at retiring while he's still young enough to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. He reckons a couple of days should see him clear of the business. That's the plan, anyway. But like all the best laid plans it goes somewhat astray.

Persons of interest

  • Daniel Craig .... XXXX
  • Tom Hardy .... Clarkie
  • Jamie Foreman .... Duke
  • Sally Hawkins .... Slasher
  • Burn Gorman .... Gazza
  • George Harris .... Morty
  • Tamer Hassan .... Terry
  • Colm Meaney .... Gene
  • Marcel Iures .... Slavo
  • Francis Magee .... Paul
  • Dimitri Andreas .... Angelo
  • Kenneth Cranham .... Jimmy Price
  • Garry Tubbs .... Brian
  • Nathalie Lunghi .... Charlie
  • Marvin Benoit .... Kinky
  • Rab Affleck .... Mickey
  • Dexter Fletcher .... Cody
  • Steve John Shepherd .... Tiptoes
  • Ben Whishaw .... Sidney
  • Sienna Miller .... Tammy
  • Paul Orchard .... Lucky
  • Stephen Walters .... Shanks
  • Louis Emerick .... Trevor
  • Ivan Kaye .... Freddie Hurst
  • Jason Flemyng .... Crazy Larry
  • Ben Brasier .... Jerry Kilburn
  • Neil Finnighan .... Troop
  • Michael Gambon .... Eddie Temple
  • Don McCorkindale .... Albert Carter
  • Dragan Micanovic .... Dragan
  • JJ Connolly .... Screenwriter
  • Matthew Vaughn .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Layer cake is a genre film: good-hearted, small-time criminal gets caught up in big-time crime and has to play the big game to survive. It's very Lock, stock and two smoking barrels (ie it's good British fare). The twists come thick and fast, the violence leaves blood on the screen, the laughs are from the belly.

Daniel Craig is sympathetic as the drug-dealing and unnamed anti-hero and his narration doesn't even annoy. The rest of the cast are either unknowns (the new kids on the block) or hard-bitten faces you recognise from every other British film ever made (the master criminals); it gives an interesting blend of something old, something new.

Layer cake is a good, hard crime thriller that you'll come back to again and again. Enjoy it.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, drug references, medium level sex scene, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 July 2005

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