“Brighton Rock,” (2010) is, apparently a British television treatment, the second adaptation to be made, of outstanding British author Graham Greene’s classic, early career, downbeat novel of the same name, BRIGHTON ROCK. This 111 minute full-color romantic crime drama/thriller, for which I see a BBC Television production credit, was the film debut of Rowan Joffe (28 WEEKS LATER), who both adapted for the screen and directed. It draws upon film noir and gangster elements from its predecessor, and did receive a theatrical release. The production has been moved from the Depression 1930s, in which it was written and set, to the fraught 1960s, during which, in Britain, sharp- suited Mods and greasy Rockers were frequently at each others’ throats. It is, of course, still set in Brighton, once a quiet seaside resort town, with some historic artifacts and buildings from the days when it was a favorite royal resort. Mod gangster Pinky Brown, survivor of a rough childhood, has witnessed the vicious death of fellow Mod gangster/surrogate father Kite at the hands of Hale, member of an opposing gang. So Pinky makes it his business to execute Hale. But the none-too-bright Rose, who waitresses at the local tea room, Snow’s, has been immortalized in a shot by a boardwalk photographer of Hale and her that shows Pinky following Hale, just behind his prey. Older and wiser heads in his gang advise him to romance and seduce the waitress, in hopes of preventing her telling the police what she saw. So Pinky begins on this program, which he finds rather distasteful. But, unfortunately, he has been destabilized by recent events; he will become more desperate and violent, and will begin to act out in ultimately self-destructive ways. The film is a little off-balance, as the young lovers are played by rather inexperienced actors, Sam Riley (CONTROL), as Pinky, and Andrea Riseborough, (W.E.), as Rose. Several older, stronger, more experienced actors are in smaller parts. Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Mirren, (THE QUEEN, PRIME SUSPECT), plays Ida, Rose’s boss at the tea shop. John Hurt, (ALIEN), plays Phil Corkery, local publican. Andy Serkis, (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), plays Colleoni, rival mob boss. And solid supporting actor Phil Davis, (WHITECHAPEL), plays Spicer, older member of Pinky’s gang. And this 2010 adaptation is often compared, to its detriment, to the brilliant 1947 black and white adaption that starred a young Richard Attenborough. That one was adapted for the screen by Greene himself, and noted playwright Terrance Rattigan, and is considered a film noir classic. But the earlier film is hard to find. Nevertheless, the more recent version is still a dark film that gives the viewer a good sense of Brighton at the time. Its mood is well transmitted by cinematographer John Mathieson, and it receives enhancement by the atmospheric score by the gifted British composer Martin Phipps, godson of esteemed British composer Benjamin Britten. The newer version is distinctly light on Greene’s recurring themes of sin, guilt, and Catholicism, as compared to its print inspiration; it has also been given a happier Hollywood ending. Still, it’s likely this remake would have been better received if the 1947 version weren’t available for comparison. Worth a look-see.