Flashback to year 2000
I didn’t see this movie when it came out at the start of the noughties. I knew nothing about it. So I was rather delighted when random chance brought the DVD into my possession last weekend. A Brit crime flick with some usual suspects:
- Jonny Lee Miller
- Jude Law
- Ray Winstone
- Sean Pertwee
- Rhys Ifans
Mostly low rent production values but first class script (Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis), bold acting and very tight edit. I think Anciano and Burdis were able to have a lot of freedom (and fun) with the making of this. It’s got enough darkness to make it credible for the subject matter – the cruelty and violence of these people – and yet a fantastically dry humour and relentless, character driven pace that keeps you engaged throughout.
There’s a surrealist edge to the film. Scenes that are not part of reality, as such, but which give you a existential point of view of the characters – their internal thoughts and insights.
Here’s Sean Pertwee being super cool and slick
Degrees of separation from Ross Curtis
When Ross Curtis isn’t being a Database manager for a high-profile media company, he’s being mistaken for the talented Johnny Lee Miller or a young Prince Philip of the Royal Family.
Ross Curtis as the young Prince Philip
Prince Philip as Ross Curtis
In the movie Love, Honour and Obey, Ross Curtis can be seen as Johnny Lee Miller in this scene with a switch blade.