BUSINESS, THE: DVD
In 1980s Britain, Frankie (Danny Dyer) is on the run from the law. Thanks to some local London connections, he flees to the Spanish south coast armed with a special delivery for ex pat crime boss, Charlie (Tamer Hassan). As the local night club owner and drug importer, Charlie employs Frankie as his gopher, catapulting him into the indulgent world of the 80s high life: cars, girls, drugs, bad fashion, fabulous excess. He is loving it - until he realises that as one of Charlie's gang, he is slap bang in the middle of hard core, ruthless organised crime where no-one is loyal - and the only person watching your back is taking aim - like Charlie's vicious partner Sammy (Geoff Bell). When the gang gets greedy and escalates its drug importation (from Morocco) to cocaine, the local Mayor no longer turns a blind eye. And as Frankie's dalliance with Sammy's girl Carly (Georgina Chapman) is discovered, internal tensions threaten to explode.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A rootin' tootin' no holds barred Brit crime thriller, The Business succeeds by sheer thuggish intent. London crims, their thick working class accents ricocheting off the Spanish coast, make a colourful bunch as they callously exploit Moroccan youngsters to boat across to Spain with Marijuana for further exploiting.
Frankie (Danny Dyer) gets his naïve and desperate butt into the gang as the junior, mentored by Charlie (Tamer Hassan) and hated by Charlie's ugly and cruel partner Sammy (Geoff Bell) - whose unaccountably pretty girlfriend Carly (Georgina Chapman) turns into a femme fatal by the time the story ends.
The story is told from Frankie's point of view, and he provides a narration of sorts from time to time in a vague nod to films noir. The Spanish sun doesn't entirely obliterate the dark characters or their greed and general moral vacuum, and the film's mood is heightened by a soundtrack of memorable 80s material from a variety of artists, including David Bowie, Blondie, Duran Duran and Simple Minds.
Performances are naturalistic and the characters enjoyably edgy; there is even a moral in the story, about the downsides of greed and crime. But it still celebrates getting away with it ...
Published: May 29, 2008
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BUSINESS, THE: DVD (MA)
CAST: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman, Eddie Webber, Dan Mead, Linda Hery, Roland Manookian
PRODUCER: Allan Niblo
DIRECTOR: Nick Love
SCRIPT: Nick Love
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Damian Bromley
EDITOR: Stuart Gazzard
MUSIC: Ivor Guest
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Paul Burns
RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.2; DD 2.0
SPECIAL FEATURES: CC for the hearing impaired
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Ent
DVD RELEASE: December 5, 2007