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City of Tiny Lights

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2016
  • Pete Travis
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime drama starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper. Cynical private eye Tommy Akhtar bites off more than he can chew when he helps high-class prostitute Melody. His investigation in London turns up not Melody's friend Natasha, but the body of a Pakistani businessman.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Riz Ahmed stars here as a rough, tough private investigator who walks the film noir-like mean streets, not of Los Angeles or Chicago, but of London. A seemingly simple assignment to find a missing Russian prostitute lands him in an unholy mess of murder, political chicanery and radical Islam, with Billie Piper playing an old flame from his past. The film is slickly made and is undeniably ambitious in its bid to transpose an intrinsically American genre to a British setting and by reflecting contemporary concerns about religious radicalism. However, director Pete Travis (Dredd) is probably a little too intent on hard-boiling the story, which has a few too many layers and flashbacks. But, for all its faults, City of Tiny Lights is a strong and enjoyable bit of Brit-noir with an impressive leading man in Ahmed.

Credits

Cast

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Tommy AkhtarRiz Ahmed
ShelleyBillie Piper
LovelyJames Floyd
Melody ChaseCush Jumbo
Farzad AkhtarRoshan Seth
DS Cal DonnelyDanny Webb
Tall man / SchaefferVincent Regan
EmmaHannah Rae
Young LovelyAntonio Aakeel

Crew

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DirectorPete Travis

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2017-04-07
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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