Dead Man Running

Dead Man Running

Alex De Rakoff (2009)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The credit crunch trickles down to the East End criminal underclass in writer/director Alex De Rakoff's uninspired British gangster film. American loan shark Mr Thigo (rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) is feeling the pinch, and flies to London to give reformed villain Nick (Tamer Hassan) 24 hours to repay the £100,000 he borrowed - or his dear old mum gets "taken out". Cue Nick, aided by best friend Bing (Danny Dyer), embarking on an increasingly desperate and unlikely series of scams and capers to recoup the money. Neither Hassan or Dyer have the acting chops to pull off the light-hearted buddy-movie elements, and proceedings are further hampered by a hackneyed script and lifeless direction. Old hands Brenda Blethyn (as Nick's mum) and Phil Davis (as her would-be killer) struggle to bring any weight to a movie that misfires at every turn.

Summary

Reformed ex-convict Nick races against time to gather £100,000 to repay a loan shark before his mother is killed. Aided by his best friend Bing, he embarks on a series of increasingly desperate scams to collect the money before it is too late. Crime thriller, starring Tamer Hassan, Danny Dyer, Curtis `50 Cent' Jackson, Monet Mazur, Brenda Blethyn and Blake Ritson.

Cast & Crew

Nick Tamer Hassan
Bing Danny Dyer
Nick's mum Brenda Blethyn
Mr Thigo Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Frankie Monet Mazur
Fitzroy Ashley Walters
Johnny Sands Philip Davis
Fat bald fuck Omid Djalili
Smudger Bronson Webb
Jarvis Blake Ritson
Frankie's client Jeff Stewart
Director Alex De Rakoff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RevolverAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Oct 2009
Drama