Colin is in agony, shattered by his wife's infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by -- they kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place and as the situation escalates Loverboy's life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends who just want him to get on with it so they can get down the pub. Written by
When i heard that Louis Mellis and David Scinto , the writers of one of my all time favourite films - Sexy Beast - were teaming up again to write the script to a film starring Ray Winstone and Ian McShane , i couldn't wait for it to come out. It seems to have been ages in the making but finally i got around to seeing it today on it's UK release and while it's no "Sexy Beast" it's the best movie i have seen so far in 2010.
Colin Diamond is in agony, shattered by the bombshell of his wife's infidelity with a young French waiter. His motley crew of friends - Old Man Peanut , Meredith , Archie , and Mal - kidnap Loverboy , and assemble a kangaroo court so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A very bumpy night ensues for Loverboy whose life is at stake as Colin wrestles with heartbreak, anger, madness, love and gargantuan self-pity.
Within five minutes of the opening of 44 inch Chest , it is quite obvious you are watching a movie written by the same people as Sexy Beast . The language is that of Don Logan yet Logan is nowhere to be seen . This time we have fantastic characters such as "Old Man Peanut" , played brilliantly by John Hurt and Archie played by "Tom Wilkinson". This in not a gangster movie , although the people we see are hardly squeaky clean. it's more a film about retribution , betrayal , forgiveness and hurt and no one shows those emotions better than Ray Winstone . He is quite superb as Colin Diamond and his performance is arguable his best to date. 44 inch Chest might not appeal to everyone , especially if you are offended by extreme language , but i have got to say , this was right up my street. Rumour has it that writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto have fallen out with each other and do not even speak and if that is the case it will be a tragic loss the British movie scene , so please guys , sort it out and keep scripts like this coming!
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