EIFF 2012 – Pusher

“In London, a drug pusher’s life spins out of control over the course of one week.”

Frank (Richard Coyle) is a small time drug dealer who after a run of bad luck owes drug boss Milo (Zlatko Buric) £55,000. Frank’s luck doesn’t change through this fast paced British remake of a Danish cult classic.

Director Luis Prieto in moving location from the original Copenhagen to the more stylish London clubbing scene makes the clash of a recognisable lifestyle with violence all the more effective.

Pusher does what Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy attempted to do earlier this year. Delivering a good looking yet grim take on one man’s slice of the drugs industry. With a sympathetic main character and an interesting supporting cast including Agyness Deyn as Frank’s girlfriend Pusher is a much better watch in a very similar genre.

A real strength of the film is the soundtrack by Orbital which is at its most obvious during club scenes but helps to set the pace throughout, adding a real sense of urgency to proceedings which would be in danger of running a little slowly without it.

There are plenty of similar small time gangster/drug pusher/gang member films out there. Pusher’s strength is in keeping the action and the characters believable.

Director: Luis Prieto

Cast: Richard Coyle, Agyness Deyn, Bronson Webb, Mem Ferda

Runtime: 86 min

Language: English

In cinemas: 12 October

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