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How far would you go to avenge betrayal? Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone, Sexy Beast) is about to find out in this gritty, provocative thriller. After he breaks down over the dissolution of his marriage, he kidnaps his wife's lover, and his rage pushes him to the brink of murder as his motley crew of buddies urges him to exact brutal revenge. Ian McShane (HBO's Deadwood), John Hurt (V for Vendetta), Tom Wilkinson (RocknRolla) and Stephen Dillane (Spy Game) unforgettably co-star in this compelling story that contemplates the nature of love and asks what it takes to be a man.
The writers behind Sexy Beast, David Scinto and Louis Mellis, pick up where they left off in 44 Inch Chest. Ray Winstone stars as Colin Diamond, a gangster with some fiercely protective friends. There's mercurial Mal (Stephen Dillane, The Hours), mama's boy Archie (Tom Wilkinson, The Ghost Writer), velvet-voiced Meredith (Ian McShane, Winstone's Beast-ly costar), and a misanthropic, marble-mouthed piece of work named Old Man Peanut (John Hurt at his greasiest). When Liz (Joanne Whalley, Scandal), Colin's wife of 21 years, reveals that she's leaving him for French waiter Loverboy (Melvil Poupaud, effective in a thankless role), Colin's pals decide to teach the lad a lesson. After they kidnap Loverboy, lock him in a wardrobe, and encourage Diamond to do his worst, photographer-turned-filmmaker Malcolm Venville flashes back to the previous evening's events (at least those concerning Colin, Liz, and Meredith). Mood lighting and rain-slicked streets aside, the film feels stage-bound due to the minimal establishing shots and David Mamet-like dialogue, including a self-deluding disquisition on marriage (to Colin, it means letting Liz "watch what she wants on the telly"). While Winstone's broken, yet brutal turn recalls his performance in Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth, 44 Inch Chest starts out like a Guy Ritchie-style lark before heading off in a deeper direction. Those who look to British cinema for refinement and sophistication may wish to look elsewhere, but those who prefer the grit of Mike Hodges to the grace of Merchant Ivory would do wise to give this one a go. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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 27 days 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 5 months ago by Kerri K.
Dull and dreary. Promises much and delivers almost nothing. Tiresome waste of time and talent.Published 11 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"
This movie was to say the most, mildly entertaining. The acting was impressive, the plot was not fulfilling in the slightest. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Reed
Here's a novel idea: Macho mafioso has emotional breakdown, bearing his sensitive side. It makes the storyline for Analyze This/That look like genius. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Carlo Matthews
Colin(Ray Winstone),an ordinary bloke, comes home from work to be confronted by his wife, Liz(Joanne Whalley), that she's leaving him for another man. Colin is devestated. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by David Baldwin