This is a good movie. If you feel like a good ol’ “cops’n’robbers” drama, then this is for you.
In 1964, in the English seaside town of Brighton, gang warfare has resulted in the death of Fred Hale under Brighton Pier. The killer is 17-year-old Pinkie Brown (played by Sam Riley), but before his death, Hale was photographed together with Spicer (by Phil Davis) leader of Pinkie’s gang, and waitress Rose (by Andrea Riseborough). Ambitious to lead the gang himself, and realising she could be a danger, Pinkie befriends Rose.
Meanwhile Hale’s old friend, Ida (by Helen Mirren), who owns the cafe where Rose works, becomes increasingly troubled by the sinister events unfolding around her.
This is a remake of the 1947 movie that made Richard Attenborough a star when he played Pinkie. This was the original dramatization of Grahame Greene’s 1938 novel.
The plot is straightforward and easy to watch. These characters have some depth which brings interest and intrigue as the movie develops. Helen Mirren stands out as Ida, but the most interesting character is the young Rose. Give it a try.