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Shank -- The hottest, most controversial, action-packed thriller of the year, Shank is an adrenaline-fueled look at the way life could be in 2015.
Shank -- 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.»
Shank -- My name is Junior and I live in the squalor. London, 2015, roads gone to shit.  Gangs taken over, shottas rule the blocks, streets proper sticky.  If you ain't one of us, you're a victim, so gotta stay sharp these days, and know heads. You don't see guns or drugs on roads no more, munchies taken over.   That's what mans need, that's what mans want.  So that's how I make my living, selling munchies.  Me, my mandem the Paper Chaserz, and our pitbull Dutty who keep his eye out, cos roads physical these days, no long ting. This is my story, about me, my brother, our gang, and a badman named Tugz.  How I gotta decide, take revenge, or escape. Cos some days you wake up and know it could be you getting killed today. then some days you wake up and think - today it could be me doing the killing. When you living in the squalor, sometimes you just gotta look for the beauty.


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  (in credits order)

Kedar Williams-Stirling ... Junior

Adam Deacon ... Kickz

Ashley Thomas ... Rager (as Ashley Bashy Thomas)

Michael Socha ... Craze

Jan Uddin ... Sweet Boy

Kaya Scodelario ... Tasha

Jennie Jacques ... Ree Ree
Rheanne Murray ... Lexy
Jerome Holder ... Tugz

Colin Salmon ... Boogie

Terry Stone ... Papa

Robbie Gee ... Beano
Luke de Woolfson ... Whisper

Robert Fucilla ... Breezer
Eddie Kadi ... Reggae Chef

Aml Ameen ... Bus Conductor
Anthony Warren ... Paws
Tempa T. ... Himself (as Tempa T)
D. Double ... Himself (as Double D E)
Lia Saville ... Maze
Serena Catapano ... Cat

Rebecca Ferdinando ... Beanie (as Rebecca Walsh)
Von Adams ... Von
Lee Donaghy ... Donny
Daniel J.W. Wilson ... Bob
Jon Nickoll ... Street Pianist

Gabrielle Ryan ... Phoenix
Mr. Shaodow ... Club Victim
James Helder ... Security Guard
Michael Young ... Security Guard
Clyde the Pitbull ... Dutty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Kolelas ... Additional Voices (voice)
Shiden Mezghebe ... Gang Member

Gino Picciano ... Tramp

Atul Sharma ... Barber

Jayme Swiftt ... Club Customer

Leila Wong ... Poor Girl

Alex Bertuchi ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Rochelle De-Terville ... Slaughter Gurl (uncredited)
Sian Doughty ... Tramp (uncredited)
Shezai Fejzo ... Guard (uncredited)

Lee Nicholas Harris ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Oleg Hill ... Neighbour (uncredited)
Dan How ... Boxer (uncredited)
Mike Linnane ... Delivery driver (uncredited)
Alexandra Lyon ... Slaughter Girl (uncredited)

Mel Mills ... Armoured Car Driver (uncredited)
Louis Murrall ... Riot Cop (uncredited)
Bryony Neylan-Francis ... Spectator (uncredited)
Colin Osborne Jr. ... Armoured Car Driver (uncredited)

Kingsley Pilgrim ... Souljah (uncredited)
Theresa Pope ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Raman Rai ... Neighbour (uncredited)

Samuel Victor ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Gerard Wilkinson ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Christopher Wright ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Mo Ali 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Van Carter  written by

Produced by
Laurence Brown .... associate producer
Tom Clark .... associate producer (as Tom Clarke)
Mike Diamond .... executive producer
Lee Donaghy .... associate producer
Mark Foligno .... executive producer
Tony Jimenez .... executive producer
Justin Lanchbury .... associate producer
Justin Marciano .... executive producer
Steve Milne .... associate producer
Ajay Parkash .... executive producer
David Shear .... executive producer
Deepak Sikka .... associate producer
Terry Stone .... producer
Nick Taussig .... producer
Daniel Toland .... producer
Richard Turner .... associate producer
Paul Van Carter .... producer
Original Music by
Chad Hobson 
Cinematography by
Adam Frisch 
Film Editing by
Julian Tranquille 
Casting by
Jane Ripley 
Production Design by
Rob Nicholls 
Art Direction by
Rob Nicholls 
Costume Design by
Avigail Claire 
Damian Collins 
Makeup Department
Elle Baird .... makeup artist
Kati Hood .... special makeup effects artist
Hannah Jones .... makeup artist
Chloe Muton-Phillips .... makeup daily
Hannah Phillips .... makeup designer
Emma Sheffield .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Michael S. Constable .... production manager
Stan Fus .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Boyd .... third assistant director
Alexander Holt .... second assistant director
Lance Roehrig .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jermel Daley-Clarke .... set dresser
Joe Goulding .... set dresser
Stuart May .... set dresser
Kate Millner .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Howard Bevan .... boom operator
Simon Epstein .... foley mixer & editor
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
Greg Hagen .... boom operator
Matthew Hansell .... boom operator
Marc Hope .... foley editor
Scott Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kondal .... dialogue editor
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist
Stefano Marchetti .... assistant re-recording mixer
Keith Tinman .... sound designer
Kieron Wolfson .... sound designer (as Kieron Teather)
Kieron Wolfson .... sound recordist (as Kieron Teather)
Visual Effects by
Dean Adjeikum .... 3d artist
Fawnda Denham .... visual effects line producer
Simon Berry .... stunts
Andy Butcher .... stunt driver
Dave Judge .... stunt coordinator
Gary Surreal Lawrence .... stunt double (as Gary Lawrence)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Arnold .... first assistant camera
Phil Aylward .... grip
Craig Bekker .... daily grip
Chris Brennan .... additional gaffer
Mark Brennan .... gaffer
Paul Brennan .... additional gaffer
Kriss Dallimore .... daily second assistant camera: b camera
Mark Dempsey .... digital imaging technician
Jack Foran .... trainee grip
Leo Holba .... daily first assistant camera: b camera
Zack Lyon .... spark
Warren Markert .... daily camera trainee
Alex Mott .... daily grip
Roland C. Phillips .... second assistant camera (as Roland Phillips)
Rupert Power .... steadicam operator
Mark Surridge .... still photographer
Fran Weston .... daily first assistant camera
Sophie Wilson .... daily first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Charlie Caselton .... additional editor
Tim Drewett .... digital film technician
Justin Lanchbury .... di film consultant
Paul O'Reilly .... assistant editor
Katy Piggott .... digital intermediate technician
Andy Richards .... supervising DI conform editor
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Tim Waller .... senior colorist
Music Department
Elisa Kustow .... music production coordinator
Ashley Thomas .... music supervisor (as Ashley Bashy Thomas)
Other crew
Anita Atwal .... additional runner
Hannah Daisy Boyd .... production coordinator
Lee Brazier .... For AV Pictures
Alex Darby .... runner
Lawrence Dunant .... floor runner: dailies
Emma Falkner .... additional runner
Lee Francis .... key floor runner
Peter Glover .... floor runner
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Chris Hainsworth .... Finance Executive AV Pictures
Richard Hardwick .... supervising location manager
Katherine Hitchcock .... cast coordinator
Alexander Huish .... additional runner
Natasha Jones .... additional runner
Philip Lobban .... location scouting
Amanda Long .... location scout
Mohammad Munir Malik .... epk director/producer
Jessica Squires .... script supervisor
Abigael Taiwo .... additional runner
Samantha Tansey .... production assistant
Richard Turner .... production accountant
Harry Young-Jamieson .... floor runner
Ben Hope .... security leadman (uncredited)
Lahan Biodun .... special thanks
Andy Burton .... special thanks

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UK:90 min
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The film takes place in 2015.See more »
Continuity: Immediately after the dog fight the victor is seen to be unscratched, despite the graphics showing it to be near death.See more »
Tasha:Call me sket again, I will punch you in your balls.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Kidulthood (2006)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A film editor's version of an orgy, 22 October 2011
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

London 2015. Society has split in two leaving the economy and most basic services in the hands of private corporations. The city itself has been split between the well-off and the rest. Within the cut-off squalors of the capital's streets gangs of hoodlums divide and rule the limited wealth. Food has become the most important commodity: munchies are worth life and death. The Paper Runners, led by Rager (Ashley Bashy Thomas), is a small gang of misfits with a knack for getting stuff without bloodshed (don't cause any harm and no harm can come to you). Rager is a role model for his little brother, Junior (Kedar Williams-Stirling), a get-away specialist, as well as the remainder of the crew: Kickz (Adam Deacon), Craze (Michael Socha) and Sweet Boy (Jan Uddin). However in this dog-eat-dog world not everyone has such scruples and youngling Tugz (Jerome Holder) is the worst of the lot...

"Shank" is an explicit orgy of sound and images pasted together with an initial headache reaction. After the initial onslaught the fast editing and video-clip montage on acid does recede a couple of notches, so the story can be fleshed out. But even than we are input sequence after sequence of rapturous music and occasional computer-inspired scenes drowning out the plot and most of the character development. At times the movie actually feels more like a filmed video game (or more like a singular mission/level of it), where occasional power bars and animations fit effortlessly as part of the experience. This all-action approach did however cause many key moments of the movies to lack enough contemplation - Mo Ali was unable to take a breath and let the moment sink emotionally into the viewers. The occasionally uninspiring derivative plotting and/or dialogue don't help to overcome this obstacles either...

Nonetheless this unrelenting storytelling isn't all amiss, as in between this overzealous approach to innovative methods of telling a film story, you find a decent amount of subtexts and brilliant ideas. Unfortunately for Mo Ali his incapability to show restraint (and unwillingness to use some more classical artistic tools) hindered the intriguing concept of a boy being unable to properly identify feelings of emptiness and anguish, instead channelling them into revenge and anger. Also several scenes were extremely inspiring in their capability of mixing emotions or simple storytelling with a modern cutting edge freshness to them. Despite being uneven and at times lazy it does however warrant a look, as there are several gems hidden inside its chaotic shell.

Despite everything said the movie is at least a brilliant score to the movie, which shows that England remains the epicentre of adventurous music.

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