Review: Ichi the Killer

(Originally published October 2011) Before Saw, there was Ichi the Killer; a Japanese film based on the manga and anime, stretched the boundaries of what cinema could get away with. Directed by Audition‘s Takashi Miike and taking place in Japan’s gangland society, the story follows two unique but equally sadistic individuals. One is a pain-relishing…

Review: Legend (2015)

This black comedy thriller follows the exploits of the Kray Twins, notorious London gangsters during the 1960s. It feels quite long, but Tom Hardy has a dynamite performance as both twins. Ronald and Reginald Kray are living the comfortable life as gangsters on London’s east side, they are seemingly impervious to the police while running…

Review: Chappie

From the director of District 9 and Elysium, a robot is given a chance to experience growing up in a city of gangland warfare after an experimental artificial consciousness is loaded into it. Dev Patel (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) plays Deon, a praised robotics designer responsible for ending most crime in Johannesburg by inventing Scout robots for…

Review: White Heat

James Cagney stars in what could be one of his most prominent roles from 1949, and having not seen any of his other films, I can believe it! (I know, some of you might be shaking your heads at the fact I’ve not seen many older films… I do try!) Cagney plays a criminal named…

Review: Lawless

A gritty, intense but reliably predictable gangster thriller that’s loaded with good performances. Lawless is set in the early 1930 in Virginia during the depression, where three brothers run a dangerous trade of “moonshine”, alcohol made by the people for the people in a time where alcohol was restricted. When their legendary fame of being…