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on 3 January 2003
SW9 is an enjoyable romp through the fringes of the free party scene, populated with characters that come straight out of "The Big Book Of Urban Stereotypes", and it's safe to say that if you liked Human Traffic then this one'll be right up your alley. It's a fair bit darker though, it has to be said, which might not appeal to everyone but personally I felt the film needed a darker twist in order to give it an edge and stop it becoming "Human Traffic part 2". It kind of outstays its welcome by the time the final reel comes round and leans a bit too heavily on the films that have obviously inspired it - namely Human Traffic and Trainspotting - but you could see a lot worse films than this.
There's good use of real Brixton locations, which do the film a lot of favours and always manage to raise a smile when you see somewhere you recognise.
I don't mind the stereotypes or the contrived story, the occasionally underachieving cast, the dialogue that's convinced it's being clever, the script that thinks if you can weave half a dozen stories together you'll have Pulp Fiction.... but what I do mind is that when something says it's a comedy and then doesn't make you laugh even once.... that's not good. That's an Adam Sandler movie.
If you're a big fan of the movie already there's enough on the disc to satisfy you (although a cast/crew commentary would have been a good addition as those involved did seem to be having a good time making it) with a handful of deleted scenes, music videos, a behind the scenes featurette etc. Some input from the cast seems to be missing though, it's obvious that this is the directors baby and all we get are his enthusiastic views on the film, still, we can't have everything.
One very bizarre extra though is the news footage tucked away under the "War Stories" banner. The director was a news cameraman working in places like Bosnia and the former Soviet Union before breaking out into feature films, and here we get a collection of some of his "finest moments", essentially footage of skirmishes and attrocities filmed out in the field on the front line. It's interesting but it's certainly not stuff that'll make you laugh, and it probably ranks as one of the strangest extras I've come across especially when you consider it's on a DVD of a film celebrating underground dance culture.
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on 15 December 2004
I personally loved Human Traffic. When it came out it was a breath of fresh air. Great to see a film based on British Clubbing, cliched, but great fun all the same. So I was looking forward to South West 9 when it came out, some of the best artists on the sound track like Sunscreem. However, the acting was poor at the best of the time (no great acting from the likes of John Simm), and the story line, well, not sure it had a story line to begin with.
Many of the reviews claimed it was a "darker version" of Human Traffic or it was like a sequel to Human Traffic, sadly, both cases they are wrong. Hire before you buy is my advice!
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on 2 April 2002
What starts as a normal day (for Brixton anyway) ends tangled & seriously messed up with crusties, scam artists, the national front, hippies & a buisnesswoman all together with a gun pointing at them - one gets wasted, but which one? With a background of anti-capitalist riots & drugs, this films dark humour ,an excellent twist and a morally challenging ending make this film enjoyable & satisfying.
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on 2 August 2010
this film is very slow from the start but does liven up roughly halfway through. there are some quite funny parts to this film also. all in all this is by no means to the standard of human traffic, but if you're into british films then this is well worth a watch.
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on 24 March 2016
Absolute pony! Don't bother. Starts ok but then spirals off into a terrible film very quickly indeed. Nowhere near Human Traffic, planets apart. One star is generous to say the least!!!
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on 25 February 2014
Very very boring film, bought it thinking that it would be similar to Human traffic and Trainspotting but I couldn't be any more wrong.
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on 29 September 2016
Awesome film, delivered quickly & the price was low... Thank you :)
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on 20 February 2002
SW9 - Brilliant. A top class DVD with some cool short filoms from newcomers. A must buy for fans of the amazing Human Traffic.
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on 25 January 2015
Not north east
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on 19 August 2016
All good.
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