Intricately plotted and scripted by Leslie Dixon, and based on a first novel by Alan Glynn, this gripping film stars Robert De Niro as a Gordon Gekko-type Wall Street mogul who gets to deliver some superb speeches. The luminously beautiful Abbie Cornish co-stars in what, at first glance, appears to be a thankless girlfriend role. Hers is a small but meaty role with a nice dose of action as well as a bit of intimacy with her leading man.
Boasting superb acting from the entire cast, this emphatic anti-drug parable features gorgeous cinematography and lighting as well as actual New York location shooting on the streets and in the fancy high-rise buildings of the bustling metropolis. Best of all, Cornish features in a thrilling chase sequence that takes place in a wintry Central Park.
This story is solid and keeps you guessing. While based on an excellent first novel by British author Glynn, interestingly enough the movie is a noticeable improvement on the book, which provided the gripping and unpredictable plot, interesting characters and so on. But when fashioned into cinema, we gain a better, leaner storyline (well-crafted by Leslie Dixon), more fleshed-out characters (De Niro!) and a far better ending (which they apparently further altered during re-shoots). But I did enjoy reading the book, so I do recommend it as well.