The ensemble cast of criminals and professional assassins, who come together with overlapping motives, is enough to recall Guy Ritchie’s early ensemble gangster comedies, but the characters, who look most like they’ve just been ripped from one of his films, are the British killers lemon and tangerine.
Brian Tyree Henry (Lemon) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Tangerine) are both great in their roles as fast-talking, heavily accented tough guys, but the best thing about them is their scenes together. The two are brothers and seem to have been through everything in life together since childhood, including becoming hit men who get comfortable doing the most violent acts money can buy.
In their first scene together, we also learn about Lemon’s obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine. He goes so far as to keep a sheet of stickers with all the characters from the show so he can explain it to people and put stickers on them based on what character he thinks they are. Tangerine finds this silly, and there are funny moments when the two argue about how relevant a children’s train show is to their work as criminals.
But for all their brotherly frustration, there’s also plenty of love, which gives the film its few moments of real emotion. And that emotion is all thanks to the two’s quick wit, which leads us to believe they love each other as only brothers can.