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A young boy leaves his house on a rundown estate and starts hanging around the streets. Spying a woman on a mobile phone he runs up on her, stealing her bag and phone that he then uses to ... See full summary »

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A young boy leaves his house on a rundown estate and starts hanging around the streets. Spying a woman on a mobile phone he runs up on her, stealing her bag and phone that he then uses to get money and buy drugs. As the day continues he keeps doing all he can to get his score, although the actions run together as he finds himself just living for the next day and the next small-time hustle that will bring him his gear. Written by bob the moo

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Interesting enough but the jerky editing/animation style makes it feel cheap and amateurish at times
20 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A young boy leaves his house on a rundown estate and starts hanging around the streets. Spying a woman on a mobile phone he runs up on her, stealing her bag and phone that he then uses to get money and buy drugs. As the day continues he keeps doing all he can to get his score, although the actions run together as he finds himself just living for the next day and the next small-time hustle that will bring him his gear.

As the title suggests, this film is about a drug user who robs and hangs around making just enough money to get high on the same day. The next day he wakes up as he did this day – a bit hung over but quick to get out onto the streets and do it all again. In terms of plot that is as clever as it gets but it still has a rather tragic lure to it that kept me watching. The problem for me was the delivery – I just wasn't won over by all this jumpy editing and jerky playback stuff – it smacked of trying to look fancy when all you have at your disposable is a basic editing suite. The involvement of Aardman may have helped with the strange look to the film (weird colours and elements of animation in the frames) and I did like this aspect but the editing (or whatever it is) should have been dumped because it does make it look cheap.

The story is OK as basic as it is, it still managed to keep me interested and Kirk does a good job of being a wasted druggie Chav without making me angry and annoyed at him – his character was pitiful but not to the point where I felt anger more than pity. Overall this is an OK film but I was a little surprised to see that it has been as successful on the festival circuit as it has been.


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