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Brighton Rock (2011)

Sam Riley , Helen Mirren , Rowan Joffe  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Riley, Helen Mirren, Andrea Riseborough
  • Directors: Rowan Joffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NHZALE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the iconic Graham Greene novel and set in 1964 s Mods- and Rockers-infused Britain, screenwriter Rowan Joffe s debut feature BRIGHTON ROCK embraces the classic elements of film noir and the British gangster film to tell the story of Pinkie, a desperate youth who is hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime.  When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose, stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence.  Starring up-and-coming British actors Sam Riley (Control) and Andrea Riseborough as the young couple, and co-starring veterans Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red) and John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, V for Vendetta) as two friends who set out to save Rose from Pinkie s deviant designs, BRIGHTON ROCK is a sexy, stylized re-telling of one of the classic tales of innocence and evil.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taut psychological crime thriller December 28, 2011
By JCY 500
Format:DVD
Rowan Joffe's 2010 adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel, originally filmed in 1947, has been updated to the setting of early 1960s England. It is gripping from beginning to end, with superlative acting, writing, and cinematography.

The opening scene shows a gangster desperately making a phone call to one of his mates. He is on the run, and there is nowhere to hide. Before a fellow gang member can get there, the rival gang has killed him. Young Pinkie Brown, portrayed by the impressive Sam Riley, arriving on the scene, knows his life has changed. Events have forced him to make a decision - should he take the helm of his gang? A following scene shows his hesitancy in killing the man who killed his boss. At that point, he can't quite muster the determination, and anger, required to kill his boss' assassin. That soon changes - he grows into the role he has assumed for himself.

He also has to deal with a possible witness to a crime he and another gang member have committed. The witness, a young woman named Rose, who just happens to be in the vicinity of the crime, saw Pinkie and a fellow gang member as well as the member of the other gang who had killed their leader. Shortly afterward, Pinkie and Spicer, his mate in the gang, kill the other gang member under the boardwalk.

Rather than risk her telling her story to the police, Pinkie decides to "romance" her. Romance, however, is an inaccurate word for his intentions - he simply wants to prevent her from talking. The scenes detailing their emerging relationship are a bit hard to accept. Pinkie shows little affection or humor in their interactions. One gets the feeling that he has scant ability to show emotion to anyone, and little experience dealing with women.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation February 15, 2012
Format:DVD
I was really surprised by how much I liked this production of Brighton Rock. As any Graham Greene fan knows, good adaptations of his novels are hard to come by. In film adaptations, the real marrow of what Greene fleshes out in the novel is missed. In his earlier novels, that usually is Greene's inextricable belief in God and his obsession with the power of belief, especially in regard to Catholicism. This production misses that in a general sense. Lip service is payed to the Catholic connection, yet the film manages to convey those themes of damnation and salvation all the same. Sam Riley's truly young and innocent looking baby face coupled with his bone chilling performance as the ruthless gangster Pinkie entirely steals the show from this production's formidable cast. Andrea Riseborough plays a splendid Rose. John Hurt and Helen Mirren support the film with flawless performances from both veteran artists.

There are plot departures from the book. And not all are minor departures and these may upset you if your a purist. However, I feel the essence of what Greene intended with his novel was seen and brilliantly portrayed in this film. The different ending from the novel is unfortunate, but in spite of that, the strength of the film and Riley's unparallelled performance hold it together.

Highly Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Brighton Rock," (2010) is, apparently a British television treatment, the second adaptation to be made, of outstanding British author Graham Greene's classic, early career, downbeat novel of the same name, Brighton Rock. This 111 minute full-color romantic crime drama/thriller, for which I see a BBC Television production credit, was the film debut of Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later / 28 Days Later (2-Movie Box Set)), who both adapted for the screen and directed. It draws upon film noir and gangster elements from its predecessor, and did receive a theatrical release.

The production has been moved from the Depression 1930s, in which it was written and set, to the fraught 1960s, during which, in Britain, sharp-suited Mods and greasy Rockers were frequently at each others' throats. It is, of course, still set in Brighton, once a quiet seaside resort town, with some historic artifacts and buildings from the days when it was a favorite royal resort. Mod gangster Pinky Brown, survivor of a rough childhood, has witnessed the vicious death of fellow Mod gangster/surrogate father Kite at the hands of Hale, member of an opposing gang. So Pinky makes it his business to execute Hale. But the none-too-bright Rose, who waitresses at the local tea room, Snow's, has been immortalized in a shot by a boardwalk photographer of Hale and her that shows Pinky following Hale, just behind his prey. Older and wiser heads in his gang advise him to romance and seduce the waitress, in hopes of preventing her telling the police what she saw. So Pinky begins on this program, which he finds rather distasteful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation February 15, 2012
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I was really surprised by how much I liked this production of Brighton Rock. As any Graham Greene fan knows, good adaptations of his novels are hard to come by. In film adaptations, the real marrow of what Greene fleshes out in the novel is missed. In his earlier novels, that usually is Greene's inextricable belief in God and his obsession with the power of belief, especially in regard to Catholicism. This production misses that in a general sense. Lip service is payed to the Catholic connection, yet the film manages to convey those themes of damnation and salvation all the same. Sam Riley's truly young and innocent looking baby face coupled with his bone chilling performance as the ruthless gangster Pinkie entirely steals the show from this production's formidable cast. Andrea Riseborough plays a splendid Rose. John Hurt and Helen Mirren support the film with flawless performances from both veteran artists.

There are plot departures from the book. And not all are minor departures and these may upset you if your a purist. However, I feel the essence of what Greene intended with his novel was seen and brilliantly portrayed in this film. The different ending from the novel is unfortunate, but in spite of that, the strength of the film and Riley's unparallelled performance hold it together.

Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I purchased this movie because I adore Sam Riley. He's an excellent actor.
It is a good story with a surprising ending.
Published 1 month ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It!
If you are a Sam Riley fan he is really good in this movie (and evil!) you will like it. I also love Sean Harris who has a small, but great part in this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Hellstrom
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I was awaiting this film with great anticipation.It does deliver.It is a decent story with the historical background of the times.
Published 4 months ago by Byron M. Cowley
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a better love story than Twilight
Fans of BBC Sherlock might recognize Phil Davis, who has a supporting role in this film -- he's the twisted cab driver murderer in "A Study in Pink. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Princess_Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I really liked this one. Too bad it was region B but I have a region free blu ray player so it worked fine but I have to hook it up to the screen and cannot play it on my computer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the original
Brighton Rock ... the book .... and the original film ...... are classics. This is NOT a good film. The acting is bad.
Published 12 months ago by Execelsior
1.0 out of 5 stars I love the 60's and Graham Greene but not this flick
This flick is too violent and the characters are not acting normal. I could not give any sympathy to any of these individuals. Read more
Published 13 months ago by christine c
4.0 out of 5 stars Reworking of Graham Greene's British mob novel
"Brighton Rock" is a 2010 IFC film about the British underworld. This cinematic version directed by Rowan Joffe is based on the 1938 novel by Graham Greene. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Luke Killion
2.0 out of 5 stars Talking 'bout his degeneration
So many ideas went into Rowan Joffé's adaptation of Graham Greene's 1938 novel about sin and damnation, and so many of them were bad ones. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jay Dickson
2.0 out of 5 stars "I'll tell you what life is.... It's dying slowly."
I read this book years ago when I was Pinkie's age, living in England, though not in Brighton. I was clumsy and stupid, very mixed up about what it could mean to be a man, mean... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peter Geraghty
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