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Nasty bit of duplicity on the cover ....,
This review is from: Shank  [DVD] (DVD)
This was a let down. I had really high hopes for this and I was definitely DUPED by the box cover. I thought it said from the DIRECTOR who brought you Kidulthood and Adulthood and so was very keen on the film as both these films are amazing and all the more so dfor the gifted director/actor/scriptwriter in them. However... it's ver dodgy as what it says is the film is from the DISTRIBUTOR who brought you those films. So what? Who cares about Distribution? It's not going to effect the quality of script or photography or actors is it? They definitely did this on purpose and like a mug I was sucked in.
To show you how bad the film was though, I was only a quarter the way through before I started thinking how bad the film was and I really couldn't get my head around the difference in quality and knew something was wrong and hence picked the box up and re-read it and discovered my mistake.
So what's up with the film then? Well it's pretty dire acting. Unfortunately the young star of the film is too young. You know when you see schoolkids in school plays and how they rush their lines and think that the way to emote anger, stress, passion etc. is to shout everything .... Yup he does all this. Someone should have coached him better.
Next is the theme and construction of the script. The basis is the kid goes on a tour of London trying to get help and sanction to kill the murderer of his brother who's also a member of another gang. It's here that you get the impression the story isn't cohesive and it seems to be a set of sub themes bolted together that don't merge very well. For example the meeting with Whisper another London mini-Don is really badly put together and the DJ featured in the nightclub scene must have been promised they'd play his whole song because it's dire, adds nothing to the story or atmosphere and it goes on and on like a mini showcase. Very bad and obvious what's happening. The whole thing is pretty badly done with a lot of initial experimentation of camera angles and lighting but after 20 mins or so it settles down and the film becomes watchable. The film never moves from poor and is below average. If you appreciate the review then please vote and keep the voting system alive please. Thanks.