Shank

Shank

Mo Ali (2010)

90min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

In the year 2015, London is devastated by mass unemployment, scarce resources and gang warfare. One gang has developed a code of renouncing violence, but its members are forced to break their vow when one of their number is killed, sending them on a mission of vengeance. Thriller, with Kedar Williams-Stirling and Ashley Bashy Thomas.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Mo Ali
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Other Information

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

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