The film is a wreck. So is its best scene.
It’s easy to see why the thespian in Jude Law would want to sink his teeth into the raunchy, foul-mouthed cocksure character known as Dom Hemingway, as the film is filled with showy speeches and outrageous dialogue.
It just never seems clear why we should care about this criminal, his friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant) or this thin plot. The film starts wheels off (with an unforgettable opening scene and the most inventive onscreen car crash to date) and settles down into a safe ending for the safecracker who wants to re-connect with his estranged daughter.
Simply put: Jude Law has fun with the verbose and raunchy role, but it’s a long 93 minutes when you don’t care about the character or plot.
Award potential: None, but Jude Law does impress.
The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.