Format: Amazon Streaming
Director: Matthew Vaughn
For a moment there, Britain was exporting some hip crime movies that Americans decided were a pretty good idea. For a number of reasons, I missed Layer Cake (2004) when it hit the States in the summer of 2005. And just never saw it afterwards. Which is crazy. We're Daniel Craig fans in this house.
It's a plot-heavy, occasionally cheeky gangster movie that served as an accidentally good pairing with The Brothers Rico, which I'd watched the night before. Both films are about guys who are doing well enough in legitimate business that they want to leave the life behind them - but in Layer Cake, we aren't there yet. We're just considering retiring after years packaging and selling cocaine in London when our nameless lead, played by Daniel Craig (and - it's clear this is the movie that inspired someone to give him Bond), gets pulled in as an errand boy by his boss, to find a missing girl and to broker a deal with a wild-card hoodlum who has a million hits of ecstacy he's stumbled into and is looking to sell.