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Shank (2010)

 |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  26 March 2010 (UK)
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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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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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Billed as A Clockwork Orange (1971) for Broken Britain". See more »

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At the beginning of the film it is announced that King William has fled the country, suggesting that the current Queen has passed away or abdicated, however all of the money in the film appears to be newly printed 20 pound notes with Queen Elizabeth II's head on them. See more »

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Tasha: Stop being a fucking pussy yeah? If you wanna be a pussy, you go be a fucking pussy somewhere else yeah? We don't need you here!
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Posturing rip-off
24 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With an opening sequence copied from DISTRICT 13 and an entire storyline and setting copied from KIDULTHOOD, there's nothing remotely original about SHANK. It juts and jumps all over the place, telling a storyline of revenge and brotherhood that's been done to death a zillion times already. It makes you feel like this particular genre of gritty, London-set gangster film is dead in the water, although a film came along a year later that proved there was still life in the genre yet: I'm talking about 2011's ATTACK THE BLOCK, of course.

Sadly, SHANK is nothing like ATTACK THE BLOCK. The script is dead-headed stupid, the characters clichéd and the frenzied editing actually nausea-inducing. The obnoxious leading characters are repulsive in the extreme and their quest to undertake revenge seems to go absolutely nowhere; by the time the film ends, absolutely nothing has happened to any of them. There are no character arcs whatsoever.

I don't know what's worse, actually: Paul Van Carter's wannabe-hip script or Mo Ali's drug-addled direction. Put together they provide a nauseating example of all that's wrong with British cinema when a successful film comes along and the inevitable rip-offs follow.


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