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A fairly enjoyable romp but no real depth to the storyline
on 4 March 2014
I can see what they were trying to do with this film but the storyline had a bit of an amateurish feel to it and there was a lack of depth to the characters. It appeared to be set in Manchester but there was something of a dearth of genuine Mancunians amongst the characters! Either that or the accents were bad. Without giving the storyline away too much a couple of likeable young scallies who are ravers at the weekend decide with a group of close friends to start their own events - referencing the early days of illegal warehouse parties etc. There are ups and downs on their journey and they get caught up with a variety of characters along the way. That's where the story starts to break down a bit - there's just not enough of a genuine feel to any of the characters, no back story or depth to them. It doesn't feel believable. That said, the film's got a bit of charm and there are some classic tunes on there even if their chronology is questionable. A film that starts with Kariya's 'Let Me Love You For Tonight' and ends with SL2's 'DJs Take Control' will put a smile on the face of genuine ravers who were there in the day - but, yeah I'm talking to you Terry Farley :-p - the film is set in 1990 so including Gat Decor's 'Passion' and Golden Girls' 'Kinetic' (the best tune on the soundtrack imo) is stretching it a bit as they didn't pop up for couple of years after in reality. I was also puzzled as to the direction the film was going in when an ousted DJ is aghast at 'harder' music. Acid House itself was at the centre of the scene (yet missing from this film) and was just as hard imo as 'Mentasm' which was the 'harder' track talked about. I also noticed a strange inconsistency with the film which was quite happy to continually reference class A drug use, yet was at pains not to have any real sex or violence in the film - which it actually needed to provide depth to the storyline because it would have been relevant. In summary? This isn't a particularly genuine showing of what the rave scene was like, yet it's a lo-fi enjoyable film nonetheless. Don't watch it expecting to 'find out what it was like back in the day' if you're a young clubber, nor will you be transporting back to your days of getting right on one with your white gloves if you're 40(ish) *coughs* with real authenticity. Good tunes though - cheers.