★ / ★★★★
Without Daniel Craig and Burn Gorman, I probably would’ve been harsher on this movie. It’s the kind of picture that tries to achieve depth and complexity by purposely muddying up everything to the point of utter confusion. Instead, why not just tell a straight-forward, astute, entertaining gangster film about drugs? It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I like about the movie other than the two actors mentioned previously because there were so many factors that didn’t work for me. For instance, the writing is really weak, the gangsters aren’t all that threatening, the cinematography of the film looks like it’s made for television, and even the soundtrack is uninspired. At some points, Matthew Vaughn, the director, thought it was necessary to use flashbacks and narrations when, in fact, they make the picture that much more distracting and annoying to sit through. I guess some of the attempts at humor worked for me and I chuckled here and there but the comedy is not the core of it. The core is supposed to be the focus and the audiences are supposed to be engaged, not bored. I really don’t have anything more to say because I didn’t have good time while watching “Layer Cake.” To be honest, this is one of the worst gangster movies I’ve seen in recent memory.