Thursday, December 10, 2009


By D.E.Levine

Director: Malcolm Venville
Writers: Louis Mellis and David Scinto
Producers: Richard Brown and Steve Golin
Executive Producers: Paul Green, Dave Morrison and Tim Smith
Co-producer: Peter Heslop
Cast: John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, JoAnne Whalley, Dave Legeno, Steven Dillane, Steven Beerkoff, Melvil Poupaud, Andy de la Tour, Edna Dore, Ramon Christian
Original Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English (Cockney)
Genre: Drama

When five British men kidnapping a French waiter from a restaurant where he's working, they're doing it for a friend.

Used car salesman Colin Diamond is distraught over his wife Liz's announcement that she's leaving him for a French waiter. He beats the name and location of her lover out of her.

Assembling a group of five callous friends who have tempers to match his, they kidnap the waiter and lock him in a closet of a disused flat. The friends want to kill the waiter, but Colin, downing more alcohol, thinks that the only way to get Liz back might be to spare the waiter's life.

While Colin is stalling, the five men chat about a variety of subjects that includes underworld associates, what they did the night before, and their joint hatred and fear of women.

The language makes frequent and blatant use of the C word, the dialogue is strong and delivered expertly in a Cockney dialect by the cast. Any viewer who doesn't understand the Cockney dialect will find it difficult to understand.

Unfortunately, the ending is weak instead of strong and diminishes the overall effect of the picture as does the numerous flashbacks with voice overs used by director Venville.