Graham Greene created a chilling portrait of a young gangster Pinkie Brown in his novel, “Brighton Rock.” He also co wrote the landmark 1947 noir British film that starred a young Richard Attenborough as the calculating and sadistic Brown. Remaking such an iconic story is no easy task, but first-time director Roland Joffe has gathered a stellar cast of new stars and veteran British thespians like John Hurt and Helen Mirren and gives the story a fresh twist to make this new cinema version equally compelling.
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Set in the faded seaside town of Brighton (the title refers to its local brand of hard candy) with its rocky shoreline, grimy pubs, prim tea houses and an imposing pier where day trippers crowd its amusement side shows, Joffe has wisely updated the original setting from post World War II to 1964. It’s a time when Britain’s youth are flexing their new-found muscle, and mods and rockers on scooters and motorcycles scarily gather violent flash mobs (without the benefit of social media), terrorizing residents and smashing store fronts.