Brighton Rock remake trailer
Brighton Rock has been remade, if you haven't been following the stories about it, although to be fair before the film it was a novel by Graham Greene, but the 1947 film directed by John Boulting from a screenplay by Greene himself and Terence Rattigan with the legend that is Richard Attenborough in the lead is perhaps better known that the novel.
Now the remake has gathered together some equally big name actors and actresses with Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Andy Serkis, and Sam Riley taking up the role that still stands out in Attenborough's career.
It's a point worth making here I believe, and sometimes I do ridicule films that claim they aren't remaking a film but going back to the source material, but here Roland Joffe, the director of the new Brighton Rock, has turned back to the Graham Greene novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and written his own screenplay from the novel.
There's not much for the blurb of the new film, so I've grabbed the old one which is sure to be very close, and judging from the trailer it certainly will be.
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn't convince Ida Arnold, who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose, who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent.
The 1947 Brighton Rock was pretty dark and Richard Attenborough gave an equally dark performance, and judging from the trailer the new Brighton Rock is going to do just the same with Sam Riley making it equally as sinister, and hopefully his own.