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Shank (2010)

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An action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. A gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own.

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Set in a dystopic future London in 2015, where society has fallen apart, gangs have taken over and the economy is in complete anarchy. The story follows Junior and his older brother, Rager, who are in charge of a local gang, "The Paper Chaserz". They try to stay out of trouble and refuse to kill as part of their 'moral code', which is especially enforced by the strong but defensive Rager. Rager leads his gang, "The Paper Chaserz" and they plan to steal goods out of a local van. The robbery is successful, but a rival gang called The Soldiers, who are notorious and bloodthirsty in trying to take-over all other postcodes in the London area, attempt a theft. The "Paper Chaserz" escape, except for Junior who is stranded and cornered by The Soldiers. Rager reappears and saves his brother by beating all the rival gang members, telling Junior to leave. As Junior flees, Rager is attacked by the crews leader Tugz, who stabs Rager in the back multiple times. Junior now teams up with the rest of ... Written by Sandeep Shetty

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£385,000 (estimated)

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£469,213 (UK) (2 April 2010)
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While filming in the Heygate Estate in Walworth, South London during September 2009, neighbors complained about the way the film-makers were depicting gangs and turf wars. See more »

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Immediately after the dog fight the victor is seen to be unscratched, despite the graphics showing it to be near death. See more »

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Junior: Government mans don't direct funds no more.So we gotta take it for ourself. Gotta be on dis ting,cos if you ain't - if you ain't one of us - then you're a victim.
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References Kidulthood (2006) See more »

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Performed by Mz Bratt (as MZ Bratt) Featuring Bruza and Tinie Tempah
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Searching for munchies
15 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Shank tries to emulate those urban Noel Clarke heavy films and again we have an underclass in tower blocks trying to make ends meet in an urban wasteland. At least Shank is set in the near future in a Britain suffering from economic collapse and food is scarce.

The film follows Junior and his older brother Rager who is the head of the local gang, 'The Paper Chaserz' who have a moral code of refusing to kill and getting involved in violence. However a plan to steal goods from a van goes wrong as a rival gang called the Soldiers take over the attempted theft and as they chase Junior they end up killing Rager. Junior and his crew are now looking for revenge.

The actions starts in a frenetic and heavily choppy edited fashion with Junior doing Parkour moves as he tries to get away from the Soldiers. However as suspected the film runs out of juice, the writer and director seems to think that all the youth of today want to hear is that every other word to have f@@K in it not helped by some too loud rap soundtrack especially near the end when all I wanted to see is the climax of the film and how they will deal with the thrust of their anti violence message if at all possible without being cack handed. Unfortunately cack handed it is as its a circle that cannot be squared. The actors do well especially Kedar Williams-Sterling but they are not helped by the screenplay.


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