5.2/10
249
5 user 3 critic

Red Mercury (2005)

Trailer
1:37 | Trailer
Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(additional material), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ghost Son (2007)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A widowed newlywed stays on her deceased husband's South African farm, then bears a child who seems to be possessed by the dead man.

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Laura Harring, John Hannah, Pete Postlethwaite
Triggermen (2002)
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

One of two deadly hired kilers switches places with one of a duo of conmen in order to pursue love.

Director: John Bradshaw
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Neil Morrissey, Bill MacDonald
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a fatal kidnapping ignites a firestorm of suspicion and rage in idyllic 1933 San Jose, California, a hard-nosed young reporter takes on the powers-that-be to prevent the lynching of two men he believes are innocent.

Director: Tim Boxell
Stars: Gabriel Mann, Pete Postlethwaite, Emily Harrison
Cowboy Up (2001)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two brothers, One is a bull rider, the other a rodeo bullfighter/stock contractor, clash over the love of barrel racer Celia Jones, while each comes into their own in their respective field in the rodeo world.

Director: Xavier Koller
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Daryl Hannah
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fact-based story about Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton, who invaded the Irish underworld and attempted to expose the illegitimate activities she found. Hampered by the ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin, Liam Cunningham
The Sins (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Len Green is a bank robber. During his long career as a getaway driver, he has served many sentences and spent a fair proportion of his life behind bars. Now middle-aged, with a very ... See full summary »

Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine James, Caroline Hayes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused ... See full summary »

Director: Dom Rotheroe
Stars: Jenna Harrison, Ben Whishaw, Honeysuckle Weeks
Finish Line (TV Movie 2008)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Minor league stock car racer Mitch Camponella gets closer to his NASCAR dreams when he's hired as private mechanic to a millionaire importer. But Mitch's ambition comes with a heavy price ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Lively
Stars: Sam Page, Scott Baio, Taylor Cole
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A serial killer goes out in a blaze of terror on a summer's day in London

Director: Ray Brady
Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Rik Mayall, Galit Hershkovitz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three women confront their pasts which changes their futures.

Director: Edoardo Ponti
Stars: Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino, Deborah Kara Unger
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada, in the early hours of December 6, 1917.

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Vincent Walsh, Shauna MacDonald, Ted Dykstra
London Life (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The hardship faced by students arriving in the UK.

Director: Naveen Medaram
Stars: Ameer Choudrie, Shivani Ghai, Armaan Kirmani
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Neil Ashton
...
Penelope
...
Gold Commander
...
Sidney
...
Sofia Warburton
...
Lindsey
Alex Caan ...
Mushtaq
...
Asif
...
Shahid
Rachel Bell ...
Mrs. Iqbal
...
Jemma
Jacqueline Defferary ...
Amanda
...
Minister
Stella Gonet ...
Gerry Ashton
...
Donald Carr
Edit

Storyline

Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are under suspicion. Asif, Shahid and Mushtaq grab suitcases, the computer, and a cardboard box containing bomb making equipment and bolt out the door. Shahid's getaway car is clamped so the three are forced to escape on foot from the pursuing police. Cornered, they dive into a restaurant on a busy city street. It is the Olympus Grill and dinner is being served to its well-heeled clientele. With the police outside, Asif, Shahid and Mushtaq have nowhere to go. Mushtaq, thinking quickly, declares that they will hold the restaurant goers hostage. The diners are forced to get up from their tables where they have been enjoying the delicious Greek cuisine. They are lined up against a wall. Electra, the young waitress, is also forced to stand in line. Her mother, who is the restaurant owner, comes out from the ... Written by Inspired Movies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Bomb  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Mature, Intelligent and Ambitious Thriller Let Down by Uninspired Direction and Terrible Production Values
4 August 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

With a cast of great TV actors, Stockard Channing, Pete Postlethwaite, Juliet Stevenson, to name but a few, and an excellent script from the writer Farrukh Dhondy, I was definitely interested to see the film when it was listed on satellite TV.

What other films with the subject nature of terrorism fail on is insight into character. As a long standing British Asian writer and educator, Dhondy has a clear insight into the three dimensional Asian terrorists he has created (all well played by young, little known actors). These are people he understands intimately, and represent the patchwork nature of British Islamism. Further, Dhondy does not flinch from telling harsh truths, both about Muslims and Non-Muslims. It is a must for all who want an insight into the roots of British Islamism.

Moreover, Dhondy's gifts as a storyteller also shine through and his script is intelligent, funny and gripping, a rare combination. His only fault is in trying to pack too many characters and plot-lines in. I can understand he was trying to create a climate around the theme of generation gap and cultural degeneration, but the tapestry feeling seemed a little contrived.

What lets the film down is its clearly pathetic budget. In a small, low-key drama, this hardly matters. However, in an upmarket, 'big' thriller such as this, the cheap production jars in the eye of the viewer. This doesn't matter so much when dealing with the holed-up terrorists and their hostages, but on the parallel plot following the police, it really shows. The police seem to have the resources not of the entire Met, but of a village police station. Related to this, the direction, while competent, is also uninspired, making it look very much like another piece of unoriginal TV, and there is one truly howling continuity error, for which the editor should be shot (figuratively, of course).

Red Mercury certainly would have been better off as a Channel 4 Mini Series, instead of the childish, unimformed Britz (a major Channel 4 mini series of 2007- even stranger when you consider that Dhondy himself was a senior Channel 4 Executive for many years). It is also a real shame that this film was made in 2005, clearly just before the London Bombings, as its ultimately upbeat message was obliterated by the actions of real 'home-grown' terrorists. This must have been one of the reasons for its commercial collapse when it was finally released.


15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I Heard this has been postponed until 2007 greg07919
stockard channing isn't british... imind-1
US release? usafirstlady
Region 2 DVD release TNG8794
How good was it? bob-1135
Discuss Red Mercury (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?