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This review is from: Twenty Four Seven [DVD]  (DVD)
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.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 86