Pusher 2: With Blood on My Hands
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
PUSHER II tells the story of Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen), a crook from the Copenhagen underworld whose previous run-in with a baseball bat has left his mind addled and unreliable. Having just been released from prison, Tonny tries to bring order to his life and gain the respect of his father, the Duke, a notorious gangster who appears to have nothing but contempt for his son. Tonny soon learns that nothing in this new life comes easy. Trying to repay a debt held over from prison, he makes misstep after misstep, running further afoul of the Duke. On top of it all, Tonny must contribute to the upbringing of a baby boy which may or may not be his own. Battling the scorn of all around him as well as his own drug-fuelled delirium, Tonny must forge a path toward some form of redemption, or perish in the attempt.
Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen
I preferred the more straightforward arc of the original, but this is a cool look at an eternal fuck-up trying to earn the 'RESPECT' that is tattooed across his head.
You had to feel sorry for Tonny...Every fuck up in town called him a loser
While more tolerable than other Refn movies, this is pretty typical to many underworld tropes, with an ending I just don’t buy.
Enjoyed but felt a little flat story wise. Great cinematography
Mads is great, but real bleak and tough to watch at times.