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Great ensemble in a film noir trilogy.
on 23 March 2011
Having now seen all three of these, it's interesting to see the the increase in production values (and presumably budget) in each film. Although each one improves on the last in every sense, the first, Jack Says, is still strong by comparison to most British indie films. Simon Phillips and Rita Ramnani are good in their roles and supoorting by a great Mike Reid, a snarling Rula Lenksa and philosophical, pre- Looking For Eric, Eric Cantona. Paris looks beautiful and the amnesia aspect throws up some interesting twists and shocks.
Jack Said steps things up a gear. With more action and a bigger cast including Danny Dyer, David O'Hara (a great actor featured in films such as The Departed, Wanted and Braveheart and who simply isn't in enough films) and some of the originals from Jack Says. Reminiscent of a British version of The Departed, we see how Jack gets into the situation in the first film, with more twists that leave you guessing right up until the last.
Then there's Jack Falls which is not only another leap on from before, but takes things in a different direction. Whereas the first stories were told in colour with black and white for the flashbacks, Jack Falls is entirely balck and white, with the occasional hint of colour (such as blood or an item of clothing). Everything looks beautiful and crisp, and the colours stand out further against the black and white. It also helps emphasise the film noir style. All the actors up their games further, the writing and direction are improved, the fights, stunts and set pieces are not only inventive but actually quite spectacular, and the cast in this one - Phillips, Ramnani, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Alan Ford, Olivia Hallinan, Tamer Hassan, Adam Deacon, Martin Kemp and Doug Bradley is one of the best ensembles in a single film I've seen in years. Add these to the other two films and you have a great trilogy well worth getting.