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Smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Independent British cinema is lousy with tales of poor young idiots off the housing estates (American translation: the projects) getting into trouble with the law out of desperation and lack of other feasible options. And if that’s what The Rise (aka Wasteland in North America) looks like at first, one can only imagine that it is writer-director Rowan Athale pulling our collective leg… or lulling us into a false sense of been-there, done-that before springing his deliciously clever originality on us. For here we have Harvey (Luke Treadaway: Killing Bono) being interrogated by cop Di West (the always intriguing Timothy Spall: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) about a spot of bother he’s gotten into, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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