The first of Nicolas Winding Refn’s astute career…Pusher was initially slated as a 10-minute short with the director in the lead role.
Film #147 of 2013
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Cast: Kim Bodnia [Frank], Mads Mikkelsen [Tonny] & Zlatko Buric [Milo]
Plot: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. Source IMDB.com
Hipster Review: Pusher is a primal heart pounding crime story that follows the life of drug dealer Frank, (a younger looking Tony Soprano and grit to match) who for one week attempts to undo a deal gone bad to pay off his nefarious boss…there’s a reason Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the best filmmakers working today, this is an early example of his raw talent. Watched June 05, 2013.
“I took a knife, stabbed it in his kneecap and teared the shit up. Sometimes, I’d like to have another job. Believe me. ” Radovan
- Except for a junkie committing suicide, it’s not as gruesome as you would expect
- Vic, a beautiful champagne girl played by Laura Drasbæk
- The RESPECT tattoo on the back of Mads Mikkelsen’s head
- Roundhouse kicks, Cognac, mother jokes, air guitar and robbing gym rats
- Hints of Refn’s later work within the soundtrack and sketchily told story
Biggest Surprise: This movie was remade by Luis Prieto, starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn…why oh why?
Biggest Let Down: Ends on a cliffhanger…the second film comes 8 years later.
Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? We’ll never know…
Worth a Blu-ray purchase? I’m waiting patiently for the box set of the trilogy.
Similar to: Pusher 2 , Pusher 3 .
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Posted on August 7, 2013, in 1996, Movies watched in 2013 and tagged Filmhipster, Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen, Movie, Movie Reviews, Movies, Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher, Review, Reviews, Zlatko Buric. Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.