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Monday, October 24, 2011

Mr. Nice Blu-Ray Review

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Mr. Nice Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: From middle-class Welsh boy and Oxford scholar to living the high life as one of Britain's biggest marijuana smugglers, Howard Marks (aka Mr. Nice) has led an existence of rollicking, improbable adventures recounted in this sexy and stylish biopic from director Bernard Rose (Candyman). The hippest playgrounds of the '70s and '80s set the stage for Rhys Ifans s (Greenberg, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) tour-de-force performance as the notorious drug dealer, whose legacy as an international hashish trader was elevated by stints as a spy for the British government, his involvement with an unhinged IRA operative (David Thewlis, Naked), and his eventual 25-year prison sentence. Chloe Sevigny (Big Love, Zodiac) and Crispin Glover (Alice in Wonderland) costar in this globetrotting caper that takes us along on Marks s wild and wonderful trip.

Review: Mr. Nice is a biopic of the infamous drug smuggler Howard Marks, aka Mr. Nice.  The lead role is played by the very underrated Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Little Nicky), who has a reputation for masterfully portraying some bizarre and shady characters.   The film is a bit trippy and is definately a wild ride for anyone interested in the drug lifestyle of the 1970s and 80s.  Ifans does a fantastic job with what can only be described as a limited character.  Without Rhys, this film would fall flat, but with him its a definate watch.

Interest Range: Biopic, Drama