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Rainbows in black and white
on 2 January 2007
"Twenty Four Seven" tells the tale of Alan Darcy's (Hoskins) attempts to open a boxing club to give the local youths something to do. He remembers when he went to the boxing club held in the same building when he was young and wants to provide the same for the kids today. Before he can get them to fight in the ring he needs to get them to stop fighting between themselves out of it.
Hoskins plays his part well enough, but I think he puts on too much of a "northern" accent considering it is set in Nottingham. You believe in the character and what he is trying to do. Performance of the day goes to Danny Nussbaum playing Tim. He puts up with his ill-tempered, foul-mouthed father until one day it all gets too much, but at the end of the day you see his loyalty to his family after all they've been through.
I have no idea why this was filmed in black and white. I don't think it adds to the atmosphere, it just makes you feel a little cut off from it all.
Music is fitting to the plot, the choice of The Charlatans' "North Country Boy" goes particularly well with the scenes set in the Welsh countryside.
It's an average film with an average twist towards the end.
Also on the disc is a short film by the same director, Shane Meadows. "Three Tears for Jimmy Prophet" tells the tale of a boxer who loses everything he has in life after one bad tempered mistake. This short film is as good as, perhaps better than the feature.
You also get the theatrical trailer for "Twenty Four Seven" and a commentary by the director (Shane Meadows) and writer (Paul Fraser).
A DVD for boxing fans primarilly, and fans of small time British cinema. I don't think casual film fans will enjoy it overly but it is a nice addition to a larger DVD collection.