Sexy Beast


(out of 5)

In this colourful gangster film, a retired British safecracker () has moved to Spain with his girlfriend and is enjoying his life free from the pressures of organized crime. An old acquaintance () shows up and convinces him (or forces him, depending on how you see it) into one last score, breaking into a valuable vault in London. Winstone resists getting back into his old life as much as possible, but Kingsley’s vehemence soon turns to threats which soon turn to some very scary violence. The story leaves a lot to be desired, another copycat mob film in the wake of Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but it is distinguished by energetic direction and colourful cinematography. What really makes it pulse, though, is the awe-inspiring performance by Kingsley, a terrifying bulldog character coming from an actor more famous for playing staid, intellectual men like Gandhi and Meyer Lansky. Here he pretty much tears the screen in two, and watching him is as much a delight as it is a total fright.

Recorded Picture Company, FilmFour, Chronopolis Films, Kanzaman, Sexy RPC

United Kingdom/Spain, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2000

Boston Film Critics Awards 2001.

Golden Globe Awards 2000

Independent Spirit Awards 2001.

National Board of Review Awards 2001.  

New York Film Critics Awards 2001.  

Online Film Critics Awards 2001.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  

Toronto International Film Festival 2000

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