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Reg Traviss (2015)

113min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Taking inspiration from news reports about burka-wearing armed gangs smashing and grabbing their way through department stores and shopping malls, this caricature of an East End gangster flick is more comical than tense and remarkably soft-edged in its brutality. Josh Myers (grandson of the real Michael Myers, the UK distributor John Carpenter named his Halloween maniac after) plays the serial robber who drags his sensible, Banksy-like street artist brother (Gregg Sulkin) into the shady underworld. Directed and scripted by Reg Traviss (Screwed), this artless thriller meanders for nearly two long hours between badly staged action and "keeping it real" dialogue, summed up perfectly by a gang rape intercut with an intense philosophical discussion on the meaning of art. Traviss is clearly searching for cockney cool and "lots of layers, like life" but can't find either in the one-note flimsiness of the plastic plot that's worsened by weak ensemble acting.

Summary

Crime drama, following the criminal exploits of anarchic street artist Dee and his violent gang member and jewel thief brother Marcus, who live on a London council estate. Starring Gregg Sulkin and Josh Myers.

Cast & Crew

Dee Gregg Sulkin
Marcus Josh Myers
Kirsten Meghan Markle
Philip Christian Berkel
Jason Andrew Shim
Dominic Richie Campbell
Emma Sophie Colquhoun
Rochelle Caroline Ford
Leon Junior Skepta Adenuga
Nicky James Devlin (2)
Director Reg Traviss
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Miracle/GenesisGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 1 May 2015
Drama