Shank

  • 15
  • Mo Ali (2010)
  • UK
  • 90 min
Shank
Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

This dystopian urban thriller is set in a lawless London in 2015 with youth gangs now fighting over scarce food supplies rather than drugs. Newcomer Kedar Williams-Stirling does well enough as Junior, fleet-footed lookout for the Paper Chaserz crew, headed by his tough-guy elder brother Rager (British hip-hop star Ashley "Bashy" Thomas). The Paper Chaserz's anti-violence stance comes under pressure after a vicious attack by a rival outfit, and what follows is wholly uneventful - a lot of musical interludes, computer animation, and traipsing around sundry council estates, but little in the way of a connecting plot or action highlights. This is one of the dullest gang flicks ever to see the light of day, and its otherwise commendable insistence on rejecting knife crime is somewhat compromised by having the ostensibly peace-loving posse prepared to tackle their foes with an assortment of hammers and iron bars.

Plot Summary

Futuristic action thriller starring Adam Deacon, Michael Socha, Kaya Scodelario and Colin Salmon. London 2015: with the economy in a state of collapse and food in short supply, the city has become a war zone dominated by gangs. One south London gang, the Paper Chaserz, gets along by trading rather than violence, but when one of their number is killed, the victim's brother wants vengeance.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kickz
Adam Deacon
Craze
Michael Socha
Tasha
Kaya Scodelario
Rager
Ashley "Bashy" Thomas
Junior
Kedar Williams-Stirling
Boogie
Colin Salmon
Beano
Robbie Gee
Sweet Boy
Jan Uddin
Whisper
Luke de Woolfson
Breezer
Robert Fucilla
Reggae chief
Eddie Kadi
Ree Ree
Jennie Jacques
Lexy
Rheanne Murray
Tugz
Jerome Holder
Papa
Terry Stone
Paws
Anthony Warren
Maze
Lia Saville
Cat
Serena Catapano

Crew

Director
Mo Ali

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Revolver
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Mar 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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