44inch Chest (2009)

Synopsis: Colin Diamond has friends and when his wife’s infidelity shatters his ego his mates kidnap her lover and hold him under wraps for an exacting punishment.  Only the lot of them, Cockney and carried away, exasperate the situation as Colin wrestles with a gamut of emotions including whether or not to kill him or just get up off the floor. 

Meat & Potatoes: If you haven’t seen Sexy Beast, Louis Mellis and David Scinto (writers) precursor to this film, please run run run and rent it now! Ray Winstone (109+ films and counting) and Ian McShane (Deadwood’s Swearengen) who made Sexy Beast the outstanding movie that it was, return here with the ever standout John Hurt (The Proposition, Heaven’s Gate, Nineteen Eighty Four, Etc. ), the top-notch Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, The Bedroom, Etc.) and long time character actor Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Freak Dog ). I’m reminded of stage-play-movies like Dogville (without the pseudo play within a movie trappings) and Hurly Burly – or even Glengarry Glen Ross. You might also consider Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch (both penned by Guy Ritchie) but without the silliness, cockney accents (wonderfully realized by English actor Stephen Graham) or wild and adventurous plots. Mainly 44inch Chest works because of the superb dialogue and the extended scenes between immensely talented actors that demand them to well, act. You don’t see a lot of young actors doing these kinds of movies for a reason. These characters are not only believable but relatable down to their very swagger. We feel for Ray Winstone as the jealous husband who cannot pick himself up from the floor when his marriage falls apart. We feel it when John Hurt’s Old Man Peanut character rips into him rather nastily, trying to rouse or snap him out of an all-consuming depression. It’s a shame that films like this take ten years to make and even more disappointing that they are often overlooked or overshadowed by the likes of boy wizards and teenage vampires. True craft occurs here, in the muck and mire of believable human emotions that connect us and remind us that life is a many splendored thing replete with thorns, pot holes, and rainbows.

The Closer: The only draw back I can see with this style of filmmaking is losing the audience that requires quick cuts, naked women with machine guns, oh and car chases to call a movie a movie.  However disproportionately large or small they might be, I call this a movie you’ll enjoy watching and look forward to watching again.



About rorydean

Rory Dean is a multi-medium artist, writer and new media strategist with a background as a creative consultant and technology liaison in the San Francisco Bay Area. His broad experiences and specialties include print-to-web publicity, promotions and design marketing using traditional and social media networks. As a motion pictures and television professional, his short films, productions and commercials have screened to domestic and international audiences. His connections to a diverse client base include artists, entertainers, corporations, non-profits and everyday people.. Dean is co-owner and founder of Dissave Pictures, a boutique production company focusing on audio, video, photography and multi-media designs. Dean's personal and professional background includes dreaming and avid notebook journaling, creative and copy writing, promotions and marketing, audio/video production, photography, videography, editing, web design and new media. He’s also a fan of collaboration and knows when to turn the reigns over, offer feedback, lead the team and step aside. His portfolio includes print, online, film, video, photography, graphic design and promotions. He’ll show you. He has a book and everything. "When not juggling various online worlds, I do a pretty good mime – but that’s another story."
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4 Responses to 44inch Chest (2009)

  1. Mark Walker says:

    Nice review there man. Glad to see that somebody else enjoyed this. I can see where your going with your comparisons to Dogville, Glengarry Glen Ross and Guy Ritchie. It has elements of them all. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope more people come round to this.

    • rorydean says:

      Thanks, appreciate you dropping in. It’s funny sometimes how all these great character films get pushed to the side for their bigger, dumber cousins that while impress the senses and the tantalize the eyes, dim in comparison what with their tissue thin characters and plot over story/narrative emphasis. Have you seen The Limey? Another great character film, and just recently a film that blurs the line of classification, somewhere between choir poem and stage play without all the blocky one-room theatrics. See you around.

      • Mark Walker says:

        Hey man, sorry for such a late, late (very) late reply. I just came across this in my emails from a while back. I’m not sure why I never seen it. Anyway, in answer to your question… Yes, I have seen the limey but it’s been so long I can’t remember very much about it. I recently watche Wild Bill though which is a good little British flick by dexter fletcher. If you can get your hands on that you should check it out.

      • rorydean says:

        No worries Mark. Glad you dropped by. I know exactly how it happens, how the clock gets away from us, how one things leads to another and pretty soon you’re tearing another page off the calendar. The Limey is Terrence Stamp, career bad ass, life of crime and all that jazz, hired gun decides after years of solitary confinement of the heart to look up his daughter who goes missing only to find foul play and the person responsible. It doesn’t go so well for the bad guys in a serious of confrontations leading up to the big confrontation. Pure mano-e-mano stuff and Stamp is brilliant. Of course you can’t help but recall Rambo, lots of Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger tough guy rolls, Dirty Harry, etc. Michael Caine had his similar recently with Harry Brown. Yeah, Sexy Beast and Layer Cake.

        No seen Wild Bill. On my list. Will Do. If you’re interested in my take on Soderbergh’s Contagion https://rorydean.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/contagion-2011-blu-ray/

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