Bigga Than Ben 2008

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This dark comedy from the UK, is a tale of two likeable but wayward young Russian immigrants who come to London in an attempt to amass an easy fortune. But it's not too long before Spiker and Cobakka realize that legally, they aren't going to get very far. So, aided by the dodgy Artash they learn to shoplift from supermarkets, rip off banks, joyride on the tube and turn mobile phones into crack.

Starring:
Naomi Cooper-Davis, Amy De Bhrún
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Bigga Than Ben

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 22 minutes
Starring Naomi Cooper-Davis, Amy De Bhrún, Ben Barnes, Mervyn Etienne, Cecilia Colby, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Andrei Chadov, Ovidiu Matesan, Andrew Byron, Terence Anderson
Director Suzie Halewood
Genres Drama
Studio HIGH FLIERS
Rental release 22 June 2009
Main languages English

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JJ Marks on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Just in case anyone's in any doubt - this is not a film to learn English by. Or how to be PC. If you want to laugh on the other hand...
Two Russians come to London intent on ripping the place off - first legitimately, then by any and all means necessary. Like all travelers who come to the lovely UK, they're unprepared for the weather, the sheer expense and especially as regards London - the mass disinterest in their plight. God knows how but our two Russian heroes, in spite of being racist opportunists, soon learn that the only people who can help them are those who live outside the system like themselves. Unlike most London based films, there are no Oxo tower shots or posh people in wheelchairs. The normally clean-cut Ben Barnes and his sidekick Chadov are a great pair who slowly win you over to the point where you feel sorry for them. Nothing goes as planned, but still they persevere even when all the odds are stacked up against them. Fast-paced, very funny, this is a beautifully shot look at the very ugly underbelly of London that most of the tourists (or city-dwellers) never see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Film fan on 26 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic debut from the very talented writer/director Suzie Halewood. The film charts the spiritual journey undertaken by two Russian immigrants, Spiker (Andrei Chadov) and Cobakka (Ben Barnes), who come to London to dodge the draft and fill their pockets. Barnes, in what is undoubtedly his best role to date, gives an outstanding performance and the pairing with talented Russian actor, Andrei Chadov makes for one of the best double acts since `Withnail and I'. The film shows a side of London rarely seen and combines poignant drama with some hilarious comedy. Definitely a must-see DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Sobakka and Spiker, two young Muscovite bad lads come to "Foggy Albion" to seek their fortune on gold-paved streets of London. Their tactics? Play the benefit system, defraud the banks and nick stuff from Tesco's. Unfortunately it's a little harder than they expected...

A sideways look at the British underclass in all its bigoted glory, Bigga Than Ben is very obviously an attempt to do Trainspotting for the 21st Century: black(ish) humour, freeze-frame cinematography, mildly humorous subtitles and quirky "played-for-the-camera" acting. The two protagonists, played by Ben Barnes and Andrey Chadov certainly have the cheeky charm of Rentboy Renton and Spud Murphy and they do their job well. Unfortunately the film doesn't quite live up to its promises and the comedy falls a little flat. The plot lacks a clear direction, the moral of the story is neither particularly strong or clear and, by the time you get to the end, there is little closure to the affair.

I found the characters to be stereotyped: the English obsession with illegal immigrants and asylum seekers is a strong theme - we're not ALL Daily Mail readers, honestly! However, the nice little twist here was that most of the xenophobic Brits in the film were themselves "ethnics", be they black, Asian, Irish or from oop North (sorry - I jest).

Beware, there is drug use, shoplifting and bad language aplenty. The dialogue is also a little hard to follow (probably intentionally so) and I ended up watching this with the subtitles going.

Mildly diverting, Bigga Than Ben is worth a watch, but probably doesn't demand a special trip to the video rental shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AniAnhai on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm a huge Ben Barnes fan, he's handsome, a great actor and charming! When i saw the trailer for this, it didn't do it justice, the film is incredibly funny yet extremely relatable. Being a london-lass myself, i always see people like the two main characters and i often wonder how they came to be here and this some how gives you an insight to what you don't know about emigrants and what they go through when arriving to England! This movie could be describes as funny version of Dirty pretty things, with the same sort of themes being touched! I would highly recommend this film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EarlySBFan on 9 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
I bought this on the off chance that I would like it. I love it. I laughed and laughed, loved the humour, and whole bad attidude the Russians had.
The film is also dark and very much shows the bad, and ugly side of London or any large city, the lack of care, drugs, grotty rooms to sleep in - I loved the garden shed best!
Ben Barnes is a very good actor - believeable in each role he plays, and not one to be type cast, which is great. if only we could have more films like this - cheap to make / low budget (optional) and good actors (which we have). We don't need Hollywood when we have films like this on our doorsteps.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Bigga Then Ben DVD is not enhanced for widescreen TVs, though it is advertised at 16x9 widescreen.

For a disc that is made in 2011 it is pathetic that a DVD company is 1) releasing non-anamorphic titles, and 2) promoting false details on the packaging.

Disappointed that no one has been able to provide this level of detail on this DVD in previous posts.
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