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 thought the person who said Tonny was a more sympathetic character than Frank was crazy. However, he won me over, over the course of this film. I condemned him for snitching on Frank in the first movie but, clearly, Tonny is over anyone who talks about his beloved (and now dearly missed) mor (mother). Still not a fan of the snitching but clearly Frank was lucky he didn’t get iced by Tonny himself for that. A gangster who gets a heart. I love the part where Tonny thinks about stealing the coke? And reaches for something else instead. One of my favorites!
It's hardly a sequel, and more another story from the same universe. Far more enjoyable than the original, the story is both realistic and moving. This focuses more on a secondary character from the first film; one I enjoyed watching far more. I didn't like the first one very much, but this was excellent.
As action-packed as the first film in the series, but different in that the majority of the action is more psychological. But for me, it was as engrossing as the first as well as more satisfying. The way it's shot...lighting, graininess, etc...is perfect. Possible spoiler alert: the transition in the last 10 minutes of the movie from one end of the emotional spectrum to the complete opposite was totally exhilarating. (I hate to think about what might happen next, but the last few moments were wonderfully enjoyable!)
A pleasant surprise. Great crime series.
Certainly more of a character study than the first. Mads is outstanding. This one is pretty hard to watch at times but the payoff is damn near perfect. Thoroughly enjoyed it, not quite as frantic as the first film.