Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone), a gangster, spends much of this film snivelling about his estranged wife and struggling to decide whether to kill the French waiter she's sleeping with.
Diamond's old gangland mates egg him towards bloody revenge against said waiter, who they have kidnapped. The obscenity-packed dialogue from the writers of Sexy Beast adds momentum to an otherwise stagnant plot, and Winstone is as skilful as ever, but it's John Hurt's Old Man Peanut and Ian McShane's gay gambler Meredith that fill the gaping holes in a slow story. The captivating monologues would have been better served in a West End play.
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