EW Staff
February 11, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Layer Cake

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/13/05
performer
Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Gambon, Sienna Miller
director
Matthew Vaughn
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
J.J. Connolly
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

After producing three of fellow Brit Guy Ritchie’s films (Swept Away, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), director Matthew Vaughn originally read J.J. Connolly’s screenplay as a project for his frequent collaborator. But when Ritchie declined, Vaughn stepped in. ”It was one of those tales of every cloud having a silver lining,” recalls first-time director Vaughn, ”with Guy pulling out and me thinking, I’ll fill his shoes, but not wear the same type.” A complex gangster story set in London, Cake may remind some of Ritchie’s Mob sagas, but Daniel Craig (Sylvia) — playing a drug-king hero who tries to retire but instead ”gets into s— and pays for it” — says this movie is very much its own gun-toting beast. ”We knew what we didn’t want to do, and that was make another Lock, Stock… and Snatch,” says the actor. ”We wanted to make something that was classically British, but also universal. And there’s a moral twist. I’m much more interested in that than seeing a gangster dying in a hail of bullets. This makes for much better drama.’

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