Sexy Beast


Some people just won’t take “no” for answer, like Don Logan for example. The thing is it’s not very often that Logan (Ben Kingsley) hears that word, as he has a tendency to scare the **** out of most people. The reason, is that he is powerful and has connections to the British mafia. So when Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) gets word that Don is headed to visit him at his home in Spain, Gal and his friends are understandably upset. Gal and his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) had moved to Spain, with their two good friends Aitch and Jackie (Cavan Kendall and Julianne White), when Gal retired from the crime business. Now that Gal has settled into the life of the straight and narrow, he is unsure of how to tell Don that he does not want to take part in a robbery for noted British crime lord, Teddy Bass (Ian McShane). As I said, Logan does NOT take “no” for an answer, nor does he let Gal and his friends feel comfortable when he is around. So how does one turn Logan down, without crossing him? Sexy Beast as the feel of other British crime stories like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, but this one isn’t a comedy, and you will definitely have a different opinion of Ben Kingsley after seeing this movie. After seeing such a complete change in character, than most people are familiar with from his role in Gandhi, Ben Kingsley delivers an Oscar worthy performance. As for the film, you may want to watch with the subtitles on, all the characters have British accents, so you may feel a little confused. I admit that I was a little lost when the mutant bunny guy shows up, perhaps he symbolized something specific, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly. Other than that, this is an entertaining film, with some great acting. The language is a little rough, so you won’t want to watch this one around the kiddies. The disc offers a few basic extras, like a commentary by the film’s star, Kingsley, some trailers for the film, and a short featurette about the movie. All in all, a decent (I use that word a lot don’t I?) movie. I give it a 4.

>>By Led Gopher   (Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003 06:49)

I think Bed Kingsley's performance is staggering. Having watched Ghandi the other day you have to pinch yourself that this is the same actor. True, the language he uses in the film is full on, but the dialogue works great.

>>By Steed   (Thursday, 28 Aug 2003 20:28)

"Steed" (28 August) hit's it spot on. Ben Kingsley tears into his part like the anti-Ghandi. The film itself is O.K., but wouldn't bear too much scrutiny without Kingsley as Don Logan. It's a terrific turn and puts this character into the pantheon of memorable movie villians.

>>By Persevere   (Monday, 15 Sep 2003 01:57)

I never really considered the strength of Ben Kingsley's chararcter as I was dissapointed about the film overall. It just lacked substance. The plot was simple and weak. Ray Winston reprises the same old role.
If anything, Ian McShanes subtle but sinsister role as the King pin made it almost interesting. But not enough.

>>By Trankmast   (Sunday, 5 Oct 2003 17:50)

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