Sunday, December 16, 2012

44 Inch Chest (2009)

"Fear is stronger than love"

So, If you're into Euro-Ensemble-Foul-Mouthed-Geezer-Gangster-Black Comedy-Psychoanalytical-Revenge-Films, then this is your bag, baby!

Colin Diamond's (played by Ray Winstone) wife has decided to move on with another man.  Colin has a meltdown and his friends come to his rescue.

The friends in question include Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane and John Hurt (he, of Alien chestburster fame).  Truer brothers, a man could never find.

The movie unfolds much like a play.  We have one main focal set piece with ancillary scenes which serve to flesh out the story.

So, your friends wife leaves him for another man.  What do you do?  You kidnap the adulterous fellow, beat him and leave him to the mercy of your jilted friend.  Right?  Well,...that's what happens in this movie.

This is one of those movies where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.  Wait,...the parts of the whole are greater than the sum.  No, the parts of the sum...are...uh...nevermind.

Excellent performances, by all.  The ending left some viewers hanging, but it works for me. 

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