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Jeffrey P. Nesker
Andrew Leland Rogers,
Edd is a 20 something student. It's that time of year again and he has to start the big essay. The trouble is, he is struggling to concentrate. After all, there are so many things to do other than start that big dull history essay right?
The Grind is a modern urban drama, set in world of sex, drug dealers, dance nightclubs and loan sharks. Vince (Freddie Connor) is the nightclub manager of The Grind in Hackney, East London and having fought his way to a decent living and respectable lifestyle he is determined to settle down and take life easier. Upon meeting and starting a relationship with Nancy (Zoe Tapper) Vinces dream of running a casino for his Boss and getting married looks set.
Bobby (Gordon Alexander), Vinces best friend from school, is released from prison and their friendship soon falls apart, Bobbys addiction to cocaine and gambling spirals out of control and he now owes a huge amount of money to Vinces boss, Dave (Jamie Foreman); owner of The Grind and an East End loan shark. Vince's life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. Loyalties are tested and friendships are pushed to their limits.
The Grind features a commanding ensemble cast including Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake, Nil By Mouth), Danny John-Jules (Red ...
Don't believe the other reviews...dey iz fake, mate!
I saw this based on the glowing reviews. However, take a look at those reviews and they are by individuals who have NEVER written a review before.
Sure, it's now commonplace to label such glowing reviews from 1st-time reviewers as being shills, and many current reviewers will say exactly that in their negative reviews.
Well...so will I.
I cannot disagree with them. I saw the same film as those giving this 9 and 10 stars, and all I saw was a student-grade film which had more a bit more money thrown at it. As far as the look, it was cheesy and was potentially shot with a DSLR. Which isn't necessarily the kiss of death, but only really works when they are in the hands of those who know how to use them, how to light a scene, and how to make it look better in post. This team didn't achieve that.
Having a low-budget NEVER stopped a film from being excellent, cept when those behind it have little or no talent. And this is one of those situations.
The acting, writing, and direction are not much better either. Extremely common and well-trodden ground.
As I often say, and I am dead-sincere....I've seen better student films.
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