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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 8 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Dangerous Parking [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
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Peter Howitt plays the lead, directs, produces & writes,(no doubt he served the tea during the breaks),. He plays Noah Arkwright, a self obsessed director who has done one line too many and downed a few too many tequilas.
Sent off to rehab he manages a recovery & starts a family only to be hit with cancer of the bladder.
The positives are Howitt himself who gives pretty good value as the feckless Arkwright but manages to just stop short of being hateful so that come the time to invest sympathy in his character the audience can follow along. His continual voiceover is a large part of Noah's character & has a lot of humour. The support is solid & although this must have had a pretty tight budget it doesn't show. The story zigzags about but is easy enough to follow & rarely slows.
The negatives are that as good as Howitt is you can sometimes see him hitting the stops at the extreme ends of his emotional range. The support is made up of some very reliable talent,( Conti, Pertwee), but are generally underused. These problems do no great harm to the film overall but the one negative that is impossible to ignore is Howitts efforts to make this a cross between 'It's all gone Pete Tong' with "truly madly deeply',. He doesn't pull it off but in fairness he does have a good stab at it.
Dangerous parking manages to avoid the usual British B movie blights of patchy acting & scripting & a cheapo feel. This is far slicker than expected & there is a real feeling of passion towards the story from all involved.
Just bear in mind the strong language & drug & sexual content to avoid being offended.
This is a solid & very watchable effort & I look forward to Peter Howitts next project.
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