In an after-hours world of pug-faced scouse smack addicts and street fights, James McMartin and his mentor Paul Barber are privy to a doorman's-eye-view of a life most of us only glimpse...
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In an after-hours world of pug-faced scouse smack addicts and street fights, James McMartin and his mentor Paul Barber are privy to a doorman's-eye-view of a life most of us only glimpse... See full synopsis »
Misfiring gangster movie with style but no real substance
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Tom (James McMartin) is a former prize fighting boxer who has fallen on hard times and is stuck in a loveless marriage with his nagging wife Kris (Samantha Janus, sounding like her voice has been dubbed by Jennifer Ellison!) He jumps at the chance to work as a doorman at a run down drinking hole cum nightclub run by extravagant owner Billy the Cowboy (Tom Bell), where old hack Paul (Paul Barber) teaches him the ropes and opens his eyes to what the job involves. The club soon gets problems with drugs and drug dealers and when the current local top bad boy starts putting pressure on Tom to work for him, it causes him to question his loyalties and whether doing what's best or what's right is the best thing to do.
Though Dead Man's Cards had escaped my radar for a bit, it did stick in my mind as it had been described as a cold, brutal, unflinching gangster movie that pulled no punches. Given this, this is what I was expecting and unfortunately, all I got was a film with no real substance at all. No truly shocking scenes, no really stand out performances, nothing to really stick in the mind and make it memorable. Just an incoherent, disjointed and totally uninvolving tale that failed to bring the Liverpool gangster scene to life, a shame since the London one has been explored to death. Sadly, this is more likely to just bore you to death. *
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