You’re Dead (1999) – Originally written August 2003
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
BIG BIG BIG SPOILERS
Ok, straight away I admit this film starts slowly, but by the end, who cares? This film is amazing. John Hurt has always been one of the most underrated actors of his generation & he adds to this belief with this film. You’re Dead is a hilarious film about a bank job which has gone wrong & not only features a quality soundtrack (can anyone think of a better film soundtrack than “The Hustle” by Van McCoy?!?!) but also leaves you at the end feeling warm inside. You’re Dead breathes a breath of fresh air & contains a twist which no-one could expect. Worth mentioning also is that every film always seems to mention the title at some point or another. Most James Bond films finish with the final line being the title of the film (the ammount of Sean Connery films which finish with the title as the end is enourmous), but not many have as excellent a comeback as “what do you do now you’re dead?” “live!” (that isn’t accurate, but I know people sometimes read these despite spoilers & I don’t want to give the entire twist away).
This film is wonderful & definately worth a watch. Badger is a bad guy who you love to hate & that’s another rarity. Too many films show a bad guy with a reasoning, it’s nice to just have someone who you are disgusted by. This film is most definately worth a watch. I recommend it more than most other modern classics.
“do the hustle. dum dum de dum de dum dum dum, etc etc”. LOVE THAT SONG!