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A cheeky little number
on 29 February 2016
Danny Dyer. The name conjures up images of some of the greatest films set to grace the big screen of all time. Yeah... right. His films (post ‘The Business’ and that one about football hooligans that was kind of similar to the one Frodo was in have hardly set the Box Office ablaze). However, somehow he still gets works. And for a good reason – no matter how bad his films get, we – the people – still seem to watch them.
And that’s just the bad ones! ‘Severence’ is actually pretty good. So, er, we have a group of people (including Mr Dyer) on a trip to somewhere remote (do you care?) where they get picked off one by one. Yeah, it’s basically a ‘slasher’ movie only with white-collar office workers (if you can believe that Danny Dyer would ever be employed by any self respecting office) instead of dumb, blonde, American teenagers (although I should mention that one of Danny’s co-workers is actually American and blonde – I wouldn’t dare say ‘dumb’).
So, if you’ve seen one slasher film then you’ve basically seen them all – including this. Just don’t take it as an excuse not to indulge. Yes, it’s nothing new, but it sure is fun. The dialogue is snappy and the characters fun to watch. And, if that’s not enough, you have the gore. Again, for a low budget film with no stars (sorry, Danny – no offence, but you’re hardly Tom Cruise) the gore is nicely done and pretty sick (special mention to a missing leg scene).
And, if nothing else, there is possibly the most amusing use even of a rocket launcher (if not the sickest – technically) that even rivals the RPG fired in Chris Morris’ ‘Four Lions.’
Don’t expect a great movie with Oscar-worthy performances, or self-realising character arcs. Basically, if you like daft, cheesy slasher films then you should enjoy this. And if you also appreciate Danny Dyer’s ‘acting’ abilities then you’ll get double for your money.