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VODetails: 'Pusher'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire September 29, 2012 at 3:32PM

Is this remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's breakthrough film worth your VODollars?
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"Pusher."
"Pusher."
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "Pusher," about one bad week in the life of a drug dealer -- not the previous movie called "Pusher" about one bad week in the life of a drug dealer. This one is an English language remake.

Director: Luis Prieto

Cast: Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, Zlatko Buric

Official Synopsis: "Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Drive'), 'Pusher' stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord.  The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way."

Trailer:

Reviews:

Katarina Gligorijevic, Toronto Film Scene:

"An amazing performance by Coyle anchors the film."

Matt Goldberg, Collider:

"Prieto doesn’t add anything to the formula, but his mixture still works thanks to the aggressive direction, a strong central performance, and tense pacing.Prieto doesn’t add anything to the formula, but his mixture still works thanks to the aggressive direction, a strong central performance, and tense pacing."

Todd Gilchrist, Thompson on Hollywood:

"A stylish but perfunctory copy of [its] predecessor."

April Swartz, Badass Digest:

"Often manages to be entertaining and downright compelling when the film settles and rests on Coyle's performance, but in a world where Refn's original 'Pusher' trilogy still attracts new viewers as a result of his growing popularity, one simply has to question why a beat for beat remake is even necessary."

Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue:

"A cheaply-constructed, carbon copy of a European cult favorite."

"Pusher" is now available on demand, Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube.

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