Life of drug smuggler Howard Marks hits the screen
Mary from Limerick, 03 Mar 2011
Fiercely well-made biopic that never condemns drugs as its story spirals through the decades. It also features Ifans' best-ever performance.Born in a rugby-mad Welsh mining town, Howard Marks (Ifans) knew he didn't fit in and proved it by getting into Oxford against the odds. There he immediately falls into the /druggy crowd, dealing marijuana but never anything harder. Despite efforts to go straight, he continually returns to trafficking, arguing that it's not a crime to break an immoral law. But his associations with a notorious IRA terrorist (Thewlis) and a rule-bending Indian businessman (Djalili) attract the attentions of a tenacious American agent (Tosar).Marks' life is extremely cyclical, which leaves the film a somewhat repetitive series of women, drug deals, clean-up attempts, arrests and court cases. The film takes its title from Marks' falsified identity as Donald Nice, under which he lived quietly with his wife (Sevigny) and kids until the law caught up with them.
A bit dull
Jason from Meath, 23 Jul 2012
Bernard Rose is a director I'll keep an eye out for in the future, but just in the sense that I'll avoid him! He managed to take a well-written book about a charismatic drug smuggler and turn it into a tedious movie. Also, I realise it was made on a limited budget, but surely they could have found a young actor to play 17 year-old Howard Marks, rather than having a clearly middle-aged Rhys Ifans going to school / uni, a lá Luke Perry!
Mr Nice Enough.
Brian from Louth, 11 Feb 2011
We have all heard this story before in one form or another. little man becomes super wealthy selling drugs that are in huge demand and this being a true story we would not be hearing it if he had not been caught. Saying that, this is a solid film well told and generally well acted. Despite me personally disliking Ifans i found him restrained and effective. You won't buy the dvd but you won't dislike this.
Martin from Clare, 11 May 2012
Really enjoyed the movie. Rhys Ifans was really good as Howard Marks and David Thewlis was completely crazy and a little over the top. Shows the cleverness of Howard Marks, but the thrill of dealing was his downfall. All in all a good film, very watchable.
Seamus from Monaghan, 02 Apr 2011
Having read the book I was looking forward to this film. I was so disappointed. Howard Marks is interesting. The actors are top notch. The story is so badly told.