As a fierce mobster in need of some serious sensitivity training, Ben Kingsley is amazing in a performance that goes against the grain of his usual roles. A retired criminal (Ray Winstone) gets a visit from an old crime partner (Kingsley), who informs him in very deliberate terms that he will soon be coming out of retirement for a heist job. Kingsley is one sick bastard in this film, and there has never been a character quite like his at the movies before this one. Ian McShane (who played Judas in Jesus of Nazareth
) is good as a devious criminal, and Winstone is decent as the troubled ex-con, but Kingsley is the major reason to see this film. He’s scary.