The Business DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.5
Video 6.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 5.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Classification:
MA15+
Reviewer:
Bindi Lavelle

5.0


The Business

Blow meets Snatch in the 80s 

The business is a refreshing break from the all too familiar conventions of the British crime flick. Nick Love directs this loss of innocence tale set against the backdrop of cockney crims running amok in Spain during the early 80s. 

The plot follows Frankie (Danny Dyer), who fleeing from the law in East London ends up under the wing of charismatic drug dealer, Charlie "the playboy" (Tamer Hassan) and  the inevitable rise and fall of their empire amidst two key obstacles:  Charlie's rivalry with his sadistic school-mate Sammie (Geoff Bell) and Frankie's attraction to Sammie's femfatal girlfriend, Carly (Georgina Chapman). 

Love’s loose direction is a welcome change from the tight, quick cuts of Guy Ritchie, et all; we are allowed to breath. The looseness also disconnects the audience from the narrator somewhat, you observe Frankie's downward spiral rather than engage or sympathise. 

While its soundtrack is a great selection of 80s pop, at times it becomes too prominent a feature. Dialogue occasional lost amongst the far too drawn out musical interludes. 

At its core The Business is a coming of age tale of Scarface fans. Although it brings nothing new to the table plot wise it is an gratifying experience if you like double crossing crime flicks.






 
 



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