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Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job ... See full summary »

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Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations. Written by <sethj@johnbrown.co.uk>

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The blag to kill for. Only one of them meant it for real.

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Bank robbers find their loot is itself robbed and they hunt for the robbers
26 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Face" is a good solid gangster story. Five armed robbers do an exciting heist of a bank collection center and get away with it. Each hides his loot but then it's stolen, with some murders thrown in. They then track down what leads they have to get their dough back.

This story follows the pattern of "The Asphalt Jungle" in which the robbery succeeds and then things fall apart, with the twist that the robbers get robbed.

The picture is slowed down, in my view, by too much focus on the political background of one of the robbers, who used to be heavy into left-wing protests and movements, as was his mother. This seems to have been an attempt to humanize the robber and explain his motivation, but it really did not gel. Also, there were too many flashbacks of him and the protests.

The story itself is somewhat lacking in complications and development.

The character arc of the main protagonist (Ray, played by Robert Carlyle) does not have the impact it should in a movie like this. Ray Winstone is such a strong actor and presence that Carlyle rather pales in comparison, too often looking confused and lacking in the toughness an armed robber would have.

Despite these flaws, the movie is a serviceable gangster yarn with enough twists and turns and exciting action to uplift it. This includes a sequence inside a police station. Also adding a great deal are the supporting performances of two members of the gang. One reads sci-fi novels and the other has a nasty temper.


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