Downtime

Downtime

Bharat Nalluri (1997)

86min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Two people from totally different backgrounds fall in love while trapped in a tower-block lift in director Bharat Nalluri's ludicrous romantic thriller. Even dafter than it sounds, this Newcastle-set fiasco switches between low-rent suspense (the dodgy lift sequences) and glib, socially aware drama (teenage thugs terrorising the neighbourhood) with absolutely no rhyme, reason or logic. No one acts sensibly in this dumb mix of Die Hard and Barbara Cartland, while the hostage crisis finale defies belief. This is British film-making at its absolute nadir.

Summary

A police psychiatrist is called to stop a suicidal woman hurling herself from the top of a tower block. However, he finds himself drawn to her - and the pair decide to go on a date. Unfortunately, they end up fighting for their lives in a vandalised lift while fire rages in the engine room. Drama, starring Paul McGann, Susan Lynch, Tom Georgeson and David Roper.

Cast & Crew

Rob Paul McGann
Chrissy Susan Lynch
Jimmy Tom Georgeson
Mike David Roper
Jan Denise Bryson
Jake Adam Johnston
Kevin David Horsefield
Jacko Stephen Graham
Director Bharat Nalluri
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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