Again, the late nineties and early naughties were rife with these Brit gangster movies, and the more I see the little seen ones, the more I am endearing tho them.
As expected, the film is simple and straight forward. Guy gets out of prison and wants to go straight, foils a robbery, gets offered work by two rival gangs, has a son who needs money for school, and is in love with the policeman who is quite nice to hims' daughter.
But obviously things go awry on, and all the while he tries to go legit, things go worse. Plus there is a subplot involving and old boy who has race issues..
It's not a great film by any means, but its funny, and has some really comically bad performances. Ejiofor and Newton are as good as expected, but his friends portrayed in this are annoying, and there are times when you just think, stay away.
Beesly is the best thing here, but only because the guy is so bad in this. Don't get me wrong, he is a good actor, but the material he has here to work with just makes him out to be just another wide boy, but his character just has so much potential.
If you like Brit films that have been well hidden, but for some reason catch your eye, this is for you.
It's not a good story by any means, but it has some pretty cool elements to it.