Directed by Nick Love, starring Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman, Camille Coduri and Eddie Webber.
'The Business' is a quality gangster film, there to be loved
and enjoyed. Nick Love took a huge gamble setting it in 1980s Costa del Sol. And won. Duran Duran, the Thatcher era, English gangsters wearing Fila tracksuits soaking up the Spanish sun, it's got it all. Love's respect for the 'cool decade', which most remember for the hair don'ts and bad fashion, turns out to be a winning platform for a passionately inspired, original film.
Frankie (Dyer) just wanted to be someone. He thought it best to be someone involved in the seductive life of crime, women and drugs than be no one at all, no matter what his mother said. And his freefall into the gangster world all begins with a simple delivery.
Frankie was on the run from South London to Malaga with a tin stuffed of cash. The recipient was super-suave playboy and ex-con Charlie (Hassan). Charlie it turns out is going to be Frankie's mentor, and his introduction to the life of somebodies. A violent world of organised crime awaited, and so did the brutal somebodies.
Sammy (Bell) is Charlie's hospitable partner; we're talking Billy Meehan in 'Fair City' scary. He has many reasons not to like the young Frankie, but the biggest reason of all is his own girlfriend Carly's (Chapman) interest in Frankie.
Things get complicated when the boys do business with The Mayor shipping drugs, but don't play by his rules. And the Colombian mafia and Spanish Coast Guards are all on their backs.
The friendships and business partnerships that start out as being rock solid, cemented by loyalty, dissolve. It all boils down to greed and that's what drives them apart. The life of insatiable greed can kill.
'The Business' is top class entertainment with a mass of fantastic scenes, blow-your-mind music and tremendous sports gear from the 1980s. As Frankie hits the hotspots of the Spanish social scene, he looks like he's just about to step onto Centre Court -Fila all the way. Comedy is everywhere and the biggest drama is when the restaurant runs out of lamb. When the chef declares "We've run out of lamb," Charlie and Frankie go to new limits to remedy the crisis. They come home heroes, with one very dead lamb.
Nick Love clearly has a fondness for the 1980s and tries his damnedest and succeeds in making the decade fashionable and worthy of being remembered. He has rewritten the era and resurrected some quality tunes. You'll leave the film and want the soundtrack.
'The Business' has the 1980s, gangsters and comedy all nailed.