'Pusher' Synopsis

Pusher follows street dealer Frank (Richard Coyle) through a hellish week as his life completely unravels. Naively believing that he's got a sure thing on his hands, Frank borrows money from his supplier, Milo (Zlatko Burić, reprising his role from the Danish trilogy), in order to get in on a big drug deal. When things don't go according to plan, Frank has to scramble to come up with the cash on his own to pay back Milo. As Milo's impatience mounts, so does Frank's desperation. The increasingly frantic Frank becomes willing to do whatever it takes to save himself; and when Milo shifts decisively from mildly inconvenienced friend to mortal enemy, Frank risks losing not only his life, but his humanity. Soon, Frank is beating up his sidekick (Bronson Webb), betraying his girlfriend (model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn, in her first major role), and even trying to con his own mother (Joanna Hole).

Confidently spinning a web of chaos and danger around his characters, Prieto manages to lighten the suffocating atmosphere of violence and fear with occasional breaks of left-field humor and the sleekly grimy beauty of his stylish, neon-splattered palette. A staple of British TV and film (who had a recent turn in the horror comedy Grabbers), Coyle proves himself a first-rank leading man with his portrayal of this man on the edge, while Buri further entrenches Milo as one of the fondest and foulest villains in contemporary crime cinema. With slick cinematography, a thumping original score by techno legends Orbital and terrific performances, this new Pusher is hard-hitting, propulsive, kinetic and constantly threatening to spiral out of control.