The Heavy

The Heavy

Marcus Warren (2009)

97min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Fresh out of prison after serving seven years for murder, hired muscle Mitchell Boots Mason (former boxer Gary Stretch) is forced into one last job by shady businessman Stephen Rea - to assassinate his own estranged brother, an MP who has designs on becoming prime minister. Shadowing his every move is Vinnie Jones as a rule-bending police detective with whom Boots has a "history". Director Marcus Warren's film is one of the most inept entries in the oversubscribed canon of Brit gangster chic, hampered further by clichéd visuals, an appallingly hackneyed script and woeful casting. Stretch is too wooden to shoulder a lead role, while Lee Ryan (formerly of boy band Blue) is laughable as Rea's obsequious and foul-mouthed gofer. Women appear only as decoration; Sadie Frost's cameo as Boots's bar-owner confidante is utterly pointless, and Shannyn Sossamon's Whitehall mistress equally fails to convince.

Summary

A gangland enforcer is released from prison after serving seven years for murder. A shady businessman offers him a job that strikes close to home - he must kill his own estranged brother, an ambitious MP with designs on becoming prime minister. However, he finds a maverick detective shadowing his every move. Crime thriller, with Gary Stretch, Vinnie Jones and Stephen Rea.

Cast & Crew

Mitchell `Boots' Mason Gary Stretch
Dunn Vinnie Jones
Anawalt Stephen Rea
Mr Mason Christopher Lee
Claire Shannyn Sossamon
Rubin Lee Ryan
Christian Mason Adrian Paul
Mrs Mason Jean Marsh
Director Marcus Warren
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Parkland PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Apr 2010
Drama