Electric Man

  • 12A
  • David Barras (2012)
  • UK
  • 100 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Edinburgh provides the eye-catching backdrop to this micro-budget caper about the pursuit of a fabled (and very valuable) superhero comic. When the first issue of Electric Man accidentally ends up in Toby Manley and Mark McKirdy's cash-strapped comic-book shop, the amiably dippy duo soon find themselves the target of an obsessed American collector, a murderous Glaswegian hard man (played by former Marillion frontman Fish, going under his real name, Derek Dick) and a caped femme fatale. What follows often belies its paltry £55,000 budget thanks to photogenic locations, witty badinage and a cast performing with gusto. Aiming for a Clerks vibe, this labour of love from director/co-writer David Barras is not funny (or filthy) enough to rival Kevin Smith's seminal 1994 slacker comedy; it's also more likely to appeal to comic-book geeks than superhero-movie fans. But if you're prepared to overlook its financial shortcomings, then you'll enjoy what is an entertaining and knowing little yarn.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jason Archer
Toby Manley
Wolf
Mark McKirdy
Uncle Jimmy
Fish
Lauren McCall
Jennifer Ewing
Edison Bolt
Mark McDonnell
Victoria
Emily Lockwood
Landlord
Andre Vincent

Crew

Director
David Barras

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Dugbus
Guidance: 
Some swearing, sexual references.
Released 30 Nov 2012

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