44 Inch Chest [Blu-ray]
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The story begins with Colin (Ray Winstone) lying on the floor of his home surrounded by the shattered possessions he owns. No, Colin hasn't been robbed or mugged. He's just been told by his wife Liz (Joanne Whalley) that she's leaving him for another man.
Distraught and not knowing what to do, the film jumps back and forth in time and space and we next have Colin's friend Archie (Tom Wilkinson) show up to help him. Archie contacts Colin's best friends and together they kidnap the young lover, a Frenchman who works as a waiter.
The largest part of the movie takes place in what appears to be a soon to be demolished flat. The flat has little more than a few chairs, a sofa and a wardrobe in the corner. It is inside this wardrobe that they young lover is being held as Colin's friends console him and discuss what to do. Shall Colin kill the victim in an attempt to regain his manhood, or shall he allow him to live and leave?
Each character offers up their own ideas of how to treat the situation but for the most part they all seem to feel that death would be the best option. First in line for this line of thinking is Old Man Peanut (John Hurt) who hurls obscenities at the wardrobe and tells Colin that the best route he can take is to not let this young punk get away with it.Read more ›
When will Ian McShane get the perfect starring role he so clearly deserves? His turn in Kings was very fine but Deadwood is about the only thing that has really made full use of his deep well of talent. He is by far and away the highlight of 44 Inch Chest, but is as usual in a supporting role. Without him, this movie would just be a nasty, blustery shamble.
The plot is basic enough: a guy's wife cheats on him so he and his pals kidnap her paramour and hole up in an abandoned warehouse (or something; we're never told why they can do as they please there with no people ever around in the streets), deciding whether to kill him, or wot. There's plenty of f's to go around, more than plenty in fact, and lots of brogue and bluster as well. But there wasn't enough truly sparkling dialogue for my taste (or for a film this non-stop talky), and I got bored an hour in.
Each actor is fair enough, though John Hurt's hammy staginess is a lowlight. But
blame the script: it's a little too self-satisfied yet empty in the long run. Plenty of pseudo-philosophical rambling about the sanctity of marriage etc, and insinuations that all men are frustrated would-be killers, but after a while it all goes nowhere fast and I began longing for something, anything, to relieve the onsetting boredom of watching the cuckold simmer in his own sour juices.
Fortunately someone had the wisdom to cast McShane, who walks away with this film as is usual when he appears in anything.Read more ›
This is the premise of "44 Inch Chest," a modest if stagy British film that features a few of my favorite actors. Ray Winstone is Colin, who is hurt, confused, vengeful and unsure of what he should do now that his life is destroyed. John Hurt plays Old Man Peanut, a greasy, profane thug who would be happy to slowly torture Loverboy to death, because that is what real men did back in the day. And then there's Ian McShane, the super cool gay gambler who seems to be the most rational (and therefore, the most deadly) of this band. He's happy to flaunt his sexuality, but not flamboyantly. It's more like a taunt; give him and his "9 and a half" any guff, he'll kill your puny butt and leave no witnesses.
Tom Wilkerson and Stephen Dillane round out the crew, and they all spend most of this movie cajoling Colin into manning up and getting rid of the punk that stole his woman. Other than the set-up and some effective flashbacks/dream sequences, the story plays out in the room where the gang has their hostage. Gangsters or no, this is no action movie. There's a lot of talk about the sanctity of marriage, what it means to be a man, what love means, and about the movie "Samson and Delilah." Frankly, without McShane, "44 Inch Chest" would not be all that compelling. It's time he got a lead of his own.
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the movie is pretty lousy except for Ian McShane 's acting that is remarkable as alwaysPublished 5 months ago by Amparejo
No flowery review, this movie is confusing, characters are mostly not interesting, and much british foul language. Three of us started watching and one by one went to bed.Published 6 months ago by ShopCat
It's a pigpen with no real plot. A bunch of foul-mouthed unattractive male British actors sitting around looking ugly, yelling and cursing at each other. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kerri K.
Dull and dreary. Promises much and delivers almost nothing. Tiresome waste of time and talent.Published 16 months ago by S. Shearsby
This is a great film. If you enjoy good dialogue this film is for you. Added bonus, the soundtrack fits perfectly.Published on June 27, 2013 by Jeremiah
A bit boring screening is of males in their near-menopause-age (or?) assisting a mate to avenge wife's adultery with a son-aged capable and willing French barman by encouraging him... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
This takes off where "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"- the movie left off. With Big Chris riffing "its been emotional" into a full length gangster psychodrama. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"