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Saxon [2007] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sean Harris, Sarah Matravers, Michelle Connolly (III), Henry Kelly, Tony O'Leary
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Petit Peche
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E25MHE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,164 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Saxon is a council estate like no other. It harbours a cruel, sardonic underworld of petty crims, psychotic fishmongers and curry-laundering thugs. One-eyed Eddie has come to clean things up.
Soon after leaving prison, Eddie has his eye cut out by a loan shark chasing an old debt. Eddie's other eye will only be spared upon repayment. Desperate for cash, Eddie phones Linda, a wealthy childhood sweetheart. She lives in Saxon - a ghost-town of grim flats run by a corrupt council. With her husband missing, Eddie offers his services as an amateur sleuth, and so embarks on a comically gruesome journey through the surreal and grimy underworld of Saxon.

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One britpic well worth catching --David Parkinson, Empire

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Too often we get movies that focus more on big-budget explosions and shock value, hoping to wow us with impressive special effects. These movies are forgettable because next week there will be another blockbuster with a bigger budget, more impressive explosions and better special effects.

Saxon is a quality movie because it does what those other movies are afraid to: tell a unique story with an emphasis on the characters. All the special effects in the world won't make me want to watch the film if I want to punch the main character in the face. Sean Harris is hilarious as the much-abused Eddie, a man who loses an eye in the first five minutes and his life goes downhill from there. He's got good comedic timing, but his best scenes are the emotional ones. When he's falling off the bandwagon or meeting his mother, that's when I care about him the most. You're not watching an archetype or a stereotype, you're getting a fully-fleshed out character thanks to a great performance and a fantastic script by Greg Loftin.

The rest of the cast is good too, especially Sarah Matavers and Michelle Connolly. Their roles are refreshing because they do not play 'The Chick', 'The Love Interest', but realistic women dealing with weird circumstances in a harsh environment. They bring their comedic chops to the table and do not disappoint. Rather than just react to Eddie's weirdness (as women in mainstream comedies are often forced to do) they're funny in their own right.

So if you want a big budget flick-of-the-week, I think the latest Transformers is out this weekend. If you want something with a story that makes sense, a good script and fantastic performances, check this one out. You won't regret it.
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Directed in a very visual way with sharp dialogue, an interesting, gripping storyline and amazing performances...what more do you want from a film?
Highly recommended, it will make you think, it will make you cry, it will make you laugh! Great stuff!
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You would be forgiven from reading other reviews of this movie for assuming it is a gritty gangster film set in a gritty London council estate. But if you make the effort to check it out you will be rewarded and surprised as it is really nothing of the sort; it is actually a mish-mash of reverential genre-hopping that adds up to a nice slice of entertainment.

Set almost entirely within the confines of the titular housing estate the plot concerns recent jailbird Fast Eddie (Sean Harris) returning to his familiar stomping ground trying to track down an old pal that has won a large sum on a TV quiz show. Eddie needs money desperately to settle a debt to some nasty characters who have already gouged out one of his eyes and intend to relieve him of the other if he doesn't stump up the mullah quick smart. Unfortunately his pal has disappeared so he enrolls as Private Dick for the missing pals wife, offering to find out what has happened in return for a payment that gets him, literally, off the fish-hook.

Nicely paced, the film gives us the pleasure of a slow-reveal, as the various characters we meet, who seem random at first, eventually form part of a jigsaw that fills in all the gaps and lead us to a satisfying conclusion. Along this journey we are treated to all manner of movie conceit as a relatively simple idea plays out in a stylish manner that belies it's zero budget and manages to pay homage to the movies in a way that only a director who still feels the thrill of the big screen could manage to do.

We get more than our fair share of Kubrick, especially The Shining; a cute dose of Leone; a sprinkling of David Lynch and, very surprising in a small independent Brit-Flick, what seems like Wong Kar Wei.
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