• Layer Cake (2004)

Layer Cake

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2005

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

An unnamed mid-level cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) in London makes plans to step away from the criminal life. Before he can cut ties, the dealer's supplier Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) draws him into a complicated pair of jobs involving kidnapping the teenage daughter of a rival gangster (Michael Gambon) and brokering the purchase of a large shipment of ecstasy pills from a dealer known as "the Duke" (Jamie Foreman), leading to a series of elaborate double-crosses from all corners.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Michael Gambon, Tamer Hassan, Ben Whishaw

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Falcon Films

Keywords: Gritty , London , 2000s , Deception , Office , Girlfriend , Pursuit , Escape ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Craig is fascinating here as a criminal who is very smart, and finds that is not an advantage because while you might be able to figure out what another smart person is about to do, dumbos like the men he works for are likely to do anything. show more

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Things get a little tricky by the end, but it's the sort of trickery that's immensely satisfying. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)