Brighton Rock 2010 (Empire On-Demand Review)

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Brighton Rock (2011), Netflix

It takes a brave soul to tackle a classic Graham Greene novel and attempt to improve on an iconic film adaptation – yet, against the odds, writer-director Rowan Joffe pretty much nails it, salting the story of smarmy small-time gangster ‘Pinkie’ Brown with numerous ingenious touches. It’s a tad melodramatic, but Sam Riley has the “ancient young poker-face” Greene describes, while the script gives each character motivation not found in the novel.

Empire rating: ★★★★

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