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  • Actors: Dominic Cooper, Aidan Gillen, Joseph Mawle, Anna Maxwell Martin, Riz Ahmed
  • Directors: Dominic Savage
  • Writers: Dominic Savage
  • Producers: David M. Thompson, Isimeme Ibazebo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NEQN1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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How far would you go to get what you want? A powerful and moving drama, Freefall follows the lives of three men with everything on the line. Gus (Aiden Gillen) is the high flying city exec who packages and sells bundles of mortgages for extortionate profit. Dave (Dominic Cooper) is the mortgage broker who can make anything happen, and when Dave offers Jim (Joseph Mawle), his old school friend, a way out of the council flat he and his family have been stuck in for years, it's an offer that is too good to refuse. A way of fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner. When the market collapses, each character is confronted by a shocking, revelatory truth that shines a burning light on the new realities we face.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on 8 Feb. 2010
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Interesting idea for a film. Namely, shows the cause and effects of the sub prime mortgage market in the UK via a vertical format. At the bottom is the borrower that took out sub prime loan with a short term teaser rate to get into a home that they couldn't really afford. Next up is the aggressive mortgage sales person that works for a mortgage broker and was trained in a "boiler room" type of environment. Finally, there is the financial executive (perhaps a head of structured finance) that runs the trading desk that packages the loans into bonds for sale to institutional investors.

Unfortunately, the film falls short both in character development and from actually providing information. Perhaps the best developed and most compelling character is the mortgage salesperson. Prototypical new working rich with a limited education from a blue collar background that with success comes all the new toys. The borrower who ultimately ends up having to default on the loan when the teaser rate expires and the payment goes up by 50% is somewhat sympathetic, though he doesn't place enough of the blame on himself (I.E. not reading the loan docs, etc.), choosing instead to blame the loan agent (who BTW was an old school friend) for his problems after getting fired from his job for falling asleep into a double shift. Also, it is unclear why his wife didn't simply get a job to make up the difference in the payment?

The worst job of character development and providing at least a basic understanding of how the process works re: the banker that worked in the "City" and was responsible for packaging the loans into bonds, etc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 16 July 2009
Format: DVD
The recession is incomprehensible. Every day, the news waxes financial doom, and we're all having it drummed into us that the world is going to fall into the sun, hugely in debt, and it's because banks did something with money they didn't have. Freefall was touted as a drama that would explain the situation, but it doesn't, really. It's still very much worth watching, though.

It tells 3 stories, I suppose, although it focuses primarily on that of Jim and Mandy, played by Joseph Mawle and Anna Maxwell Martin respectively. They are a young couple with a young family, living in rented accommodation, and when Jim runs into old friend, Dave, he is persuaded into taking a mortgage to buy his first house, just before the financial crash.

Dave, himself, is a cockroach - the sort of chap that drives along in his cockmobile while singing aloud to Gabrielle because he's just earned himself a nice wad of commission. That it'll financially destroy the person that's signed their lives over to the lender is, puh, a petty insignificance. At the start of the film, he's dating a vacuous bint as portrayed by Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding in what turns out to be a (blessedly brief) dizzying showcase of her non-talent.

And, finally, there's Gus - and he's another weak point. The acting is brilliant - I tip my hat to Aidan Gillen - but they've made the character a pantomime caricature. He's twitchy, a coke junkie, soulless, unaware, intimidating... he comes across as having, if not a mental disorder, certainly a personality one. And that's where Freefall lets itself down (no pun intended).

There are no nuances - the baddies are sooper-bad and every bad situation is made the very worst it could be.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ant Etches on 15 July 2009
Format: DVD
The BBC's latest one-off drama is a story of three main characters and how their lives are effected by the recession. It begins in 2007, just before the crash hit and picks up again in 2008, in the belly of the beast.

The main characters are Dave (Dominic Cooper), an arrogant and unscrupulous mortgage lender who is on the ascendancy, buying a new house for him and his beautician girlfriend (Girls Aloud' Sarah Harding, over-acting but having a lot of fun). When Dave bumps into old school friend Jim (Joeseph Mawle), he cannot resist luring him, his wife (Anna Maxwell Martin) and children into the promise of a better life with a larger house, and consquently a larger amount of money to pay in the long term. This is all manageable as long as the economy stays as it is...

Gus (Aiden Gillen) is a cold, driven man who only cares about making money. For him, closing a big deal is a sexual thrill, which he often indulges via an on-off relationship with Anna (Rosamund Pike). As a consequence of his obsessiveness Gus has a less-than perfect private life. He is a divorcee with a daughter who feels neglected by him, but as long as the money keeps rolling in, who cares right...?

Well, obviously the money and the success do not keep coming in, as we all know. When the banks and mortgage lenders hit deep trouble, and without wanting to give the whole story away, the lives of the characters all change for the worse in some form or other.

The film's acting and cast are generally good (with the earlier exception of Sarah Harding's excruciating cameo). Joeseph Mawle as Jim really gets into the role of the satisfied security guard-turned doomed man, while Anna Maxwell Martin is also quite impressive as his cautious and eventually vindicated wife.
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