Few writers of film and theatre write with the pace and directness that David Mamet writes with. His modern classic Glen Garry Glen Ross is a film of unique substance, bursting with sheer energy, anger, vitriol and confrontation. Adapted from his play of the same name, it is a piece of drama that wrestles with subjects like the American dream, the shady side of business and the lengths we go to get ahead in life.
A chaotic, ugly masterpiece following a group of salesmen living on the edge of their tethers, it is perfect drama. What’s more, the cast is phenomenal. Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon and Ed Harris bring to life a riotous office setting full of testosterone and hate. They curse and spit their way through the film, almost dropping specks of spit onto the camera’s lens.
While Mamet has probably toned down his rage towards the capitalist machine since the writing of the play in the 1980s, its impact remains. It is an invigorating, kinetic vision of the modern world and its faults.