- A convoluted plot that you tell everyone else you understand just so you can sound sophisticated, but in reality you have no earthly idea what’s going on (I think it’s mainly because of the accents, as stated above).
- A crazy guy (or two) who looks like they smell bad.
- This guy:
- A smokin’ hot chick way out of the protagonist’s league (Sienna Miller–start your Googling).
- A bit of the old ultra-violence.
- Solid, unique direction.
It’s the last item I was most impressed with. Fitting that I compare Layer Cake with Snatch and Lock, Stock, as Vaughn was a producer on both. Layer Cake marks his first directorial outing and he hits it out of the park, as far as I’m concerned. His direction is often reminiscent of a highbrow car commercial, with a lot of sweeping crane shots and helicopter zooms and all manner of funky camera angles, but unlike most car commercials, it’s neither irritating nor disorienting. It works perfectly for the subject matter. Vaughn had been rumored as a director for X-Men 3 for a while, and I think that would’ve resulted in a far greater film than Brett “I Clearly Have a Massive Cocaine Habit” Ratner likely turned out. But I digress. Vaughn’s first outing as director is a success, and I eagerly await his next venture into the field.