Pusher III: I'm the Angel of Death

dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

Series - Twitch Film Feature Series

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The concluding panel in Winding Refn's Pusher triptych focuses on an aging drug lord who is struggling to maintain his business against younger rivals while simultaneously planning his daughter's birthday party and indulging in his fondness for cookery.

In the third and final entry of the Pusher trilogy, Winding Refn shifts focus once again: our "hero" this time out is aging Serbian drug lord Milo (Zlatko Buric), who is struggling to maintain his business against encroachments by younger rivals while planning his daughter's birthday party and indulging in his fondness for cookery. When all of his henchmen get food poisoning from one of his specially prepared gourmet meals, Milo is forced to rely upon a cocky young drug dealer to help him move a huge shipment of ecstasy; betrayals and bloody retribution naturally ensue. The most overtly violent of the Pusher films, this third outing is also the most unexpectedly comic thanks to the magnetic charisma and off-kilter humour of Buric's Milo, who is oddly endearing for a man capable of such extreme violence. "The gut-churningly nasty Pusher III practically justifies the whole series ... Like everybody else in the Pusher films, [Milo] contemplates what it would take to leave the mob life behind. And like everybody else, he decides he wants to get better without getting well" (Noel Murray, The A.V. Club).