In October 1997, Nicolas Winding Refn sat watching old sci-fi movies in an attic room in a small hotel off Oxford Street. A few days past his 27th birthday, the fledgling Danish director had been brought to Britain to promote his first film, a low-budget crime drama called Pusher. He said "It was a glorious moment". "The film had done more than I ever thought it could – it had left Copenhagen. For me that was like making Star Wars."
Fifteen years on, Refn sits in another, larger Soho hotel – a sleek and genial figure whose last film, the neon-litthriller 'Drive', carried him into Hollywood's upper levels. A London-set remake of his debut is about to be released, on which his credit is executive producer. He is here to reminisce. To walk between the two hotels would take minutes, yet the journey from one to the other has been outlandish – an odyssey through the film industries of Britain, the US and Scandinavia with a detour to India and a baroque cast of real-life characters. The new Pusher is in fact, a second remake, joining a pair of sequels Refn made himself in what must surely be modern cinema's most unlikely franchise.
Above is an extract from The Guardian film review
which is brilliant and feel free and read it after you've read this one which I think will be similarly considered (OK maybe not)
What's the film about? Read on for that information people who consider themselves curious....
The film is the week in the life of the title character Frank who is a mid to low level dealer of illegal narcotics who has aspirations to go to the next level, so borrows larger portions of the said narcotics with the hope that he will make massive returns.
Now we all know in our mind a simple plan is just that, simple, whereas in reality it's like getting instructions from a stuttering man speaking a language you are not familiar with!
Now this is an eighty eight minute film and I have to be honest and say that I suffered and felt the anxiety of Frank as he went through each day trying to raise the money he owed and how much did he owe? £55k.
Now I knew exactly what he was feeling having gone through a similar experience but without the drugs. I lost overnight in a "get rich quick deal" £70k which incidentally I'm still paying off now 12 years later, but I digress (and somebody get me a bottle and some pills!!!)
Let me apologise for the last bit of the previous sentence, it's just that when I relive those days thinking what I could've had (a life) and what I don't have (a life), my mind goes to a dark place and I need the happy pills that Dr Feel-good prescribes (anyway, back to my review).
The cast are all believable and in some cases very menacing even chilling and just like Trainspotting, there's a great soundtrack worthy of the admission alone courtesy of Orbital.
Frank's story is interesting because it shows you the downside, the real side of dealing and taking. Also bare in mind that this film came out just around the same time as Trainspotting, the Danny Boyle directed drug story that was very influential at the time and to be honest hasn't been bettered.
I loved this film because of the memories it evoked and also the story it told.
As Frank's life spirals out of control, will he regain it before those who he owes makes him an offer he can't refuse.....
"what's the 411?"
Soon there was www.ZeN411.co.uk
you know it makes sense........
Article by @gmanzen / 15th October 2012
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