Gary is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past. Don.
This stylish, jolting and surprisingly moving gangster picture is lifted above the conventions of the genre by Jonathan Glazer's smooth, syncopated direction and the wit and grit of the cast. Ray Winstone plays Gal, a retired London gangster whose idyllic life in Spain is interrupted by the arrival of Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who wants to recruit Gal for a complicated heist. Mr. Winstone's slow-moving magnetism is a perfect foil for Mr. Kingsley's terrifying intensity. Amanda Redman, as Gal's tough and devoted wife, helps to give the picture a welcome and unexpected depth of feeling. - A. O. Scott
2001-06-13 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Sexy Beast