Berlin Job

| October 10, 2013

In Frank Harper’s Berlin Job, there are so many players that it takes a good while just to introduce them all. The film follows two infamous London gangsters, cousins Mickey Mannock and Ray Collishaw. They start out at the top of the food chain, but their world is slowly turned upside down. The two are a brutal pair, and the only thing that matters to them is the end result of finishing the job and, in the case of one last huge heist, retiring after it is all said and done.

Mickey wants to grab his share of this last job to buy out Ray, but two dead bodies on a boat mess up this plan, so the two of them will have to think of something else. As the Russians are on the hunt for the dope that the cousins had been carrying, as well as a slick police detective named Nixon, Mickey and Ray have to come up on a bunch of money—and quickly. They set up a huge job in Berlin, one that will set them free from their lives of crime and help pay off their debt to the Russians. But it isn’t as easy as it seems, as the movie takes you from London to Amsterdam to Berlin, with dead bodies in alleys and corpses riddled with bullets in luxury sedans

I liked Berlin Job, well enough, since I liked the two main characters, and the film takes you from one exciting place to the next. I enjoy all the blood and the shooting, coming up behind someone and blasting their brains to smithereens, as well as surprising a fellow gang member by letting him know that he has been exposed as a plant, etc. And who doesn’t enjoy watching the elite crowd dine on fancy food and sip champagne by the bottle? But while it was an exciting, fast moving movie, it became kind of convoluted keeping up with the characters and knowing which bad man was the really the bad man.

The Berlin Job, starring Frank Harper (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Craig Fairbrass, Vincent Regan, Luke Treadaway and Charles Dance, is available on DVD, Bluray and other media platforms October 8. Visit for more information.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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