DVD of the week: Brighton Rock

ROWAN Joffe’s remake of the classic film Brighton Rock, starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt, is Richard Bryson’s pick of the DVDs out this week.

Brighton Rock (IFC, �14.99)

Rowan Joffe tackles the classic Graham Greene novel, and the original film made in 1947, and comes out with a creditable effort not universally liked but bolstered by some fine acting.

Sam Riley stands out as the small-time hoodlum Pinkie Brown, who orders the murder of a rival and then marries a key witness to the killing to cover it up, but look out for Dame Helen Mirren, John Hurt (very good) and Andy Serkis.

The tension builds as Pinkie’s gang begin to doubt his ability, and with his rivals taking over his business he turns to desperation and violence


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RICHARD BRYSON

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