Academy Award® Nominee
A retired British gangster is living the life of luxury until an old compatriot pays a visit to enlist him for a job.
pervasive language, strong violence and some sexuality
Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Amanda Redman... View more >
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|by Jeffrey Schrab ||Jun 30, 2001|
This may have been the most dull movie I have seen in some time. I ALMOST fell asleep. Maybe it's just me A Typical American wanting more action, more cuts, or maybe just simply "more." Ben Kingsley is good but not enough to hold the thing together.
And Ray Winstone is just grossly "plump". The opening "tanning by the pool" scene may have established his character as a retired-and-going-soft thief but it was not a pleasent sight.
The <i>very</i> last second of the movie had a good bit with Kingsley but it is NOT worth it.
Guy Ritchie should have directed this...
|by Phil Packer ||Jul 17, 2001|
When Ben Kingsley sits on the floor in his underwear, how can one not have an image of Ghandi in one's head? When Kingsley plays Brit gangster Don Logan, the answer is whenever he opens his mouth. Just the mention of Logan's name causes jaws to drop and sends men trembling, including Gal (Ray Winstone), who doesn't want to be involved in another caper.
Unfortunately, the strength of Sexy Beast (Kingsley) is also its weakness. Writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto never give us any background to what gave Logan his reputation (I'd love to see a prequel), and the scenes without Kingsley lack energy and purpose, especially by way of comparison.
For this I blame debut director Jonathan Glazer, who has a long way to go to be in the class of Guy Ritchie. I liked portions of Sexy Beast (beware of boulders!), but the final product made me want to go home and enjoy my just purchased DVD of Snatch.
Ben Kingsley has traded his robe for a mallet in "Sexy Beast, a crime thriller about a retired gangster who is reculted by Kingsley to do a hit. When he refused, Kingsley takes over the poor man's life as well as this movie.