Sexy Beast (2000)

JONATHAN GLAZER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

United Kingdom/Spain, 2000.  Recorded Picture Company, FilmFour, Chronopolis Films, Kanzaman, Sexy RPC.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

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

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley)

European Film Award:  Best European Actor (Ben Kingsley)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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