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Book To Film: Layer Cake

21 March 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

J.J. Connolly’s debut novel Layer Cake was published in 2000, and brought to the screen by Matthew Vaughn in 2004. It was the first film Matthew Vaughn directed, after being a producer for Guy Richie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch (and Swept Away – Shhhhh!). The film was a breakthrough starring role for Daniel Craig, proving he could carry a movie and helping pave the way for him to take over as James Bond. It’s a tense, dark and often very funny movie, full of plot twists and with an ending that will catch you by surprise. It’s an underrated movie, and the book is even better.

On the surface Layer Cake looks quite similar to Lock Stock, both blackly funny films set in a London underworld filled with larger than life characters, violence and double-crosses. Looking more closely though, Layer Cake is a very different film indeed. »

- Edward Kuhne

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