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The best British gangster film I've seen yet.
on 30 May 2017
This is, in our opinion, probably the best gangster film of all time. It neither glorifies the violence nor wallows in self-righteous social comment. It tells the story of how one ordinary Glasgow boy is bullied and beaten until the day he draws a line in the sand and says "No more!" His descent into the seedy world of Glasgow gangster-land begins from there.
The film is gritty and un-glamorous, and portrays the reality of the hardships and of the strong bonds that existed (do they still?) amongst the the poorest of Inner city (particularly Glasgow) society of the time. Importantly, it manages to capture the era in a way that seems beyond the writers and directors of BBC TV dramas of late. There's no inept efforts to try and impose modern day PC sensibilities on an era where they simply didn't exist. No, this is life as it was; rough,dirty, and with an uneasy realisation of the violent underworld into which the "Wee Man" willingly descends.
I won't give away the storyline as some reviewers are want to do (I read one review of the film "The Boy" that even gave away the surprise ending) but I will say this: buy it, rent it, or borrow it; just watch it - it's the best of it's genre you'll ever see!