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Dan Pringle (2015)

115min
18 Certificate
Saturday 11:20pm - 1:30am Sky Cinema Sci-fi/Horror
HD SUB WIDE SUR
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Our Score
A Muslim kebab shop-owner, driven to distraction by the boozy yobs who make up much of his clientele, adopts a very extreme response in this dark horror fable, which plays like a modern take on the Sweeney Todd story. First-time writer/director Dan Pringle supplies plenty of convincing proof of Britain's youth at its lagered-up worst to create a context for his initially sympathetic protagonist's journey into bloody vengeance. However, his approach is less sure-footed when it comes to dealing with the anger that's been unleashed. Ziad Abaza certainly gives a committed performance as Salah, a man with a very busy mincing machine, but questions arise over whether the viewer should go along with him - or even if his actions are credible, given the worrying ease with which he proceeds. Ultimately, it's a film that takes itself all too seriously as a state-of-the-nation address, but sluggish pacing, a lengthy running time, and a general lack of focus sadly work against it. There's definitely more substance here than the usual penny dreadful, but ambition without accomplishment only goes so far.

Summary

A Bournemouth takeaway owner despairs of his drunken, abusive customers and is finally pushed to the limit when his father is killed in a violent altercation. He begins murdering the people who make his life a misery, and disposes of the bodies by making them into kebabs. Horror, starring Reece Noi and Ewen MacIntosh.

Cast & Crew

Salah Sabir Ziad Abaza
Jason Brown Scot Williams
Steve Darren Morfitt
Sarah Kristin Atherton
Zaki Nayef Rashed
Nigel Ewen Macintosh
Malik Reece Noi
Director Dan Pringle
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Bulldog Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 22 Jul 2016

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