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TIFF Capsule Review: 'Pusher'

Indiewire By Kaleem Aftab | Indiewire September 18, 2012 at 5:5PM

Moving the action from Copenhagen to London, this remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 thriller ditches some of the eccentricities of the original and delivers a well made, albeit run-of-the-mill gangster yarn. The first English language film from Madrid-born director Luis Prieto does a good enough job, but given the rich recent history of the British gangster movie, it feels like Prieto is happy enough robbing the local bank rather than going all out to nab the crown jewels. At no point does he try to gazump the original. Frank (Richard Coyle) borrows money from Milo (Zlatco Zurič, reprising the role he played in the original trilogy) in the run up to a drug deal that goes horribly wrong. Stunt casting sees British model Agyness Deyn take on her first major role as Frank’s main squeeze. Criticwire grade: C+ [Kaleem Aftab]
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Moving the action from Copenhagen to London, this remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 thriller ditches some of the eccentricities of the original and delivers a well made, albeit run-of-the-mill gangster yarn. The first English language film from Madrid-born director Luis Prieto does a good enough job, but given the rich recent history of the British gangster movie, it feels like Prieto is happy enough robbing the local bank rather than going all out to nab the crown jewels. At no point does he try to gazump the original. Frank (Richard Coyle) borrows money from Milo (Zlatco Zurič, reprising the role he played in the original trilogy) in the run up to a drug deal that goes horribly wrong. Stunt casting sees British model Agyness Deyn take on her first major role as Frank’s main squeeze. Criticwire grade: C+ [Kaleem Aftab]

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