Sean Harris

Movie review: 'Brighton Rock'

Movie review: 'Brighton Rock'

"Brighton Rock" is beautiful and visually accomplished yet numbingly bleak and ultimately unpleasant and unexciting.

A certain sordidness is inevitable given the seedy ambience of the celebrated Graham Greene novel (on which the movie is based) about the rise and fall of a British boy gangster prone to the worst kind of ruthless behavior. But history tells us this film's air of sluggish, heavy going could have been avoided.

Originally published in 1938, "Brighton Rock" has been filmed once before, in 1947. That version became an instant sensation because of the galvanizing, all-sinister-all-the-time performance of Richard Attenborough (the future director...

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