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on 21 July 2007
It took me ages to get round to seeing this film, even though I was living in Nottingham at the time it was filmed & released (indeed, I recognised the actor playing Fagash from his time working at the Broadway Cinema bar).

A lot of reviews are misleading and off-putting. Yes, it's about Bob Hoskins setting up a boxing club to give some inner-city kids some hope - that sounds trite and in the wrong hands it would be. What makes this film special is the real depth the actors bring to their characters and the lack of over-sentimentality, punctuated with wit.

It's so poignant, Bob Hoskins can portray so many emotions at the same time.

It really is one of the best British films ever made, along with the other Shane Meadows films. Gritty, sad, poetic and funny - definitely recommended.
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Twenty Four Seven is Shane Meadows second full length film (after the excellent Small Time) and again it's a black and white urban story of the regular folk who tend to fall off the radar when it comes to films.

A rough estate in Nottingham is the setting for former boxing coach to try and give the kids on the street something to do with their time. His vision of reducing crime by getting the youth involved in sport maybe naïve but it's not without some success. Bob Hoskins is well cast as the grizzly, well meaning patriarch and his performance is stirring at times.

The local boys who becoming members of the boxing club are the sort of riff-raff who would be considered by many as delinquents, but we get to see their family lives and the way they are dismissed by people who should be encouraging them. Once they experience some commitment by someone prepared to show some faith in them they start to thrive. They may not be great boxers, but their friendship and humour are great to watch. The banter is funny and very realistic, the sort of conversation you might actually hear if you pass a group of friends.

This isn't a fairytale though, don't expect everything to turn out okay at the end. But once the film ends you are left with a sense that several lives have been changed for the better, their lives will continue on a better path now.

This DVD also contains the short film "Three Tears for Johnny Profit". It's a short which reflects on the consequences of once punch which was delivered during a fight one night. Meadows regular Paddy Considine is the man who philosophises on the impact it had on his life and the lives of others. It's not one of Shane Meadows' best short films but at just under ten minutes it provides an interesting monologue from one of our greatest yet largely undiscovered (by the masses) modern day actors.

In a nutshell: Atmospheric black and white adds an artistic look to this deep and often funny film. Where everything seems hopeless Shane Meadows shows us hope, a gang of seemingly ne'er-do-wells is shown to be a bunch of intelligent boys capable of warmth and humour the same as anyone else. That's the magic of a Shane Meadows' film.
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on 7 August 2006
The first picture from Midlands based film maker Shane Meadows, is a lyrical and beautifully shot debut, that heralded Meadows as a person to watch. Focusing on one man's dream to bring hope and inspiration back to the kids in his town by opening a boxing club, the film manages to be both poetic & entertaining, funny yet touching and raw but stylish. With gorgeous Black and White photography and a towering central performance from Bob Hoskins, this is a film from Meadows heart, a tribute to the Midlands streets he grew up on. The disc also includes the short "Three Tears For Jimmy Prophet", made by Meadows two years later and starring Paddy Considine as a boxer trying to make sense of the tragedy his life has become. This short has to be seen to be believed, in the economy of the storytelling, and the one man acting school that is Considine's performance.
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on 3 June 2000
This is an absolutely fantastic film. It's so much better than the dreary middle class rubbish that passes for being typically British in Hollywood and elsewhere. The world which Meadows portrays is real, Hugh Grant arguing about "brownies" with Julia Roberts is not, not to me anyway. Meadows is a pure artist, the film is beautifully shot in black and white without pretension. Bob Hoskins dancing with his aunty to Blue Danube - beautiful. Some of the dialogue is perfect. Inspired and inspiring, brilliant.
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on 23 November 2006
This debut feature from Shane Meadows is not only a good film in its own right but also a great piece of english cinema. The film itself boasts terrific performances from Bob Hoskins in the central role of Darcy but also of all the young guys who play the aspiring boxers. Meadows' protrayl of the east Midlands will ring true to anyone who has grown up there. Towns on the edge of cities with no jobs and nothing to do for the young people growing up there. The group of young men the film centres around are drifting towards a life of pointless petty criminality when Darcy (Hoskins) persuades them to form of boxing club in order to at least give them some direction in life and escape from the drudgery of life. The films strength is in its realism and comes from a similar angle to Loach's portrayls of working class life, most recently sweet sixteen. The style differs however as Meadows leaves overt politics out of the it and instead allows for the audience to draw out their own conclusions from the story he tells and also contains much more grim humour than Loach. Meadows later work in A Room For Romeo Brass and recently Dead Mans shows evidently draws from the milieu he portrayed for the first time here.

Also be sure the watch the short fim Three Tears for Jimmy Prophet. Those familiar with Paddy Considine brilliant work in Dead Man's shows will not be surprised as he turns in a similarly compelling performance as a man who has lost everything as a result of split second loss of control.
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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.
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on 16 September 2007
After the short 'Where's The Money, Ronnie?' and the not-so-short 'Small Time', Lord Shane Meadows of Eldon's first feature film is this snappy black-and-white urban drama. Darcy (Bob Hoskins) is sick of seeing the local youths at each other's throats, so forms a boxing club to bring them together. It is a laudable plan; something to offer control and direction to a disaffected generation.

Meadows' greatest talent is in presenting a truthful working class landscape sympathetically, but without being patronising. Our heroes are disadvantaged, often stricken by a fearsome domestic environment (none more so than Danny Nussbaum's Tim); and yet they are also kind, witty, hungry, and joyful. The scenes in which Darcy brings the boys to Wales, with Ashley Rowe's sumptuous cinematography and Hoskin's lyrical voiceover, are so vibrant it's as if they're filmed in colour. It's quite something to find drama in scenes of great happiness, when the conflict is left at home - but Meadows always seems to find it, and that's what makes his films vital and real.
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on 1 August 2015
It is the age of growing unemployment, and in Nottingham one enterprising man starts a boxing club for the youths who are otherwise going to drift into crime.

One of Shame Meadows' best films, shot in moody black-and-white, is an exercise in expressionism starring an unforgettable Bob Hoskins. The movie manages to be gritty, funny, inspiring and tear-jerking, captures the spirit of lost youth and collapsing society. It really will leave its mark on you.
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Twenty Four Seven is the kind of debut that gets hailed as promising, which is another way of saying the director clearly has talent but doesn't know what to do with it yet. Certainly compared to most of the substandard product in the UK over the past decade it's a cut above, but there's not much substance to its tale of Bob Hoskins' attempts to regain some self-respect and keep various teenagers out of trouble by starting a boxing club. For all the naturalism, there's not enough character to carry it over into tragedy when the feelgood factor takes an unexpected turn in the final third, one it sadly fails to exploit or investigate. Ironically, director Shane Meadows' subsequent film, A Room for Romeo Brass would have the opposite problem, delivering a brilliant character in a thin plot before he would finally deliver the goods with Dead Man's Shoes. Very watchable and not without its incidental pleasures nonetheless, the DVD includes an amiably down to Earth commentary by Meadows and writer Paul Fraser and the original trailer.

Also included on the UK DVD, 9-minute short film Three Tears for Jimmy Prophet isn't particularly memorable as a piece of filmmaking, but it's another impressive bit of corroborating evidence for the theory that Paddy Considine is the best British actor of his generation. There's nothing outstandingly original in the writing, but there's real emotional truth in his performance as a small-time boxer whose life has taken a turn for the tragic.
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on 19 May 2000
Twenty Four Seven is about a rundown council-estate community where poverty and deprivation cause the kids to form gangs and start trouble. Darcey, a local ex-boxer attempts to resurrect the old boxing school to give the youths something to 'believe in'. However not all goes to plan as the underlying tensions in the community bubble to the surface ending the brief optimism. Darcey, desperately lonely has failed, or has he? The viewer is left to decide. Twenty Four Seven is shot in unforgiving black and white. The bleak landscape highlights the stress and Meadow's direction strangely draws you into the screen. This is one of the most affecting character films in a long time. Not only are the characters and their relationships real, the empathy which you feel for them is real as well. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Let Twenty Four Seven envelope you for a couple of hours and you will have the courage to affect change even in the face of aversity. To become empowered by a film is very rare and this is one of them.
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