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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful:

Simply a good and honest British watch!

Author: nicscottc
14 March 2011

As a fan of British movies and gangster films in particular I had looked forward to seeing this and was not disappointed. Good story which is help together by decent acting and well defined characters. Great action, well directed and a film to enjoy over and over. Some films in a similar genre try too hard to thrill and excite. Freight simply builds and holds the attention. For me this has the feel of a good old fashioned British film in so much that you care about what happens next, not often the case in many of the huge big budget Hollywood epics. We have all seen films where you are willing the end to draw to a close. With Freight you want to see more and that's the mark of a great film. No hesitation in giving this 10 out of 10!

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51 out of 67 people found the following review useful:

"Taken" - Brit-Style

Author: Ross Boyask from United Kingdom
23 May 2010

I caught this in Cannes and was thoroughly impressed as the UK has been crying out for a good, character-based action film for ages. The set-pieces in the film (some brutal cage fights and other action scenes) are really well structured, but more importantly they all have a sense of character. You really care about the characters involved and their motivations dictate the actions they take. Also the action is refreshingly realistic and crisply shot and edited, unlike a lot of other films these days.

I won't mention any spoilers but the performances here are very good, especially Billy Murray as Gabe, and Danny Midwinter who gives a genuinely terrifying performance as the main villain Christi. Craig Fairbrass lends solid support but his character is the only one that feels slightly under-written, unless perhaps some of his character's scenes were deleted? Christi's main henchman (Andrew Tiernan I think) and the main cage fighter character were both splendid as well.

The ending of the film is a bit ambiguous but this only adds to the reality of the situation portrayed.

I would recommend Freight to fans of action drama, and for fans of cracking, old-school British cinema. You won't be disappointed.

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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful:

An honest effort

Author: epcrowe from Canada
16 February 2011

Freight delivers a reasonable story, decent acting and a fair message. While it's not top budget, it's well paced with sufficient action to keep you going. The story has appeal without being overly sentimental. If you appreciate indie film, moderate transgression, and a few punch-ups - this little flick delivers.

The bad guys are also well done. Danny Midwinter - as the lead nasty, does an excellent job of being nefarious. His sneer and wonderfully grotesque laugh captures the sinister Eastern European Mafia persona quite nicely.

It won't hurt you to give this a try.

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45 out of 61 people found the following review useful:

Great story telling with a powerful message

Author: Dave Judge from International
2 October 2010

I accompanied a crew member to a screening of this movie and was entertained throughout. A strong story line if not a little controversial with excellent action and pace.

The film starts well and maintains a good pace with a balance of action, tragedy and then draws the viewer into the world of a father striving to save his kidnapped daughter. This emotional content works very well indeed and one finds oneself truly hating the bad guy in the plot played with a superb intensity by Danny Midwinter.

The fight scenes work well and achieve a real brutal and animal edge to the illegal cage fighting scene.

The movie revolves around the sex trafficking trade and it is this element of the film that finds a harsh reality. The sleaze of this horrible environment and the despicable treatment of women and girls trapped there adds to the power of the film. If this movie has a message to carry then surely it is here.

A must see film this year.

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44 out of 61 people found the following review useful:

Freight is a top British made movie, up there with lock stock and snatch!!

Author: jonny_c1975 from wakefield
9 October 2010

Freight is a top British made movie, up there with lock stock and 2 smoking barrels and snatch!!this is a really good British made film which was filmed in Leeds. full of action with a wicked story line. the film is based around the sex trade and sex trafficking and is about Billy Murray trying to get his kidnapped daughter back from a ruthless Russian gang run by Danny Midwinter who is terrifyingly ruthless.Craig Fairbrass also delivers an excellent part as Billy Murrays right hand man, with an excellent walk on and one liner part by Oulton Hall's very own Jeff Crossley-Brook a must see film for all action fans highly recommended

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45 out of 63 people found the following review useful:

Human cargo

Author: averilfrederick from Leeds
26 September 2010

Having being involved in liaising with the location manager for the cage fighting scenes, I was invited to watch this movie when they did the cast & crew screening in Leeds before it went to Cannes. Not being a big fan of 'action' movies I was curious but not over enthusiastic initially. From start to finish, the humanity and the very serious multi-faceted issues dealt with in Freight kept me immersed in the story line. The fight scenes and other action shots were very well executed and there was an element of humour underlying which made the whole experience very enjoyable. Well done to Stuart St Paul and his cast & crew.

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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

a factual review

Author: stuartstpaul-991-711734 from United Kingdom
15 March 2011

This is a facts and figures review of FREIGHT, rather than an opinion based review, and it will hopefully lead the reader to be able to judge whether it is a film they wish to see. DESCRIPTION: themed on sex trafficking, human trafficking, it inevitably relates to gang crime and has violence and action. It is a pacey movie that follows two families, one UK and one from Moldavia who are effected by trafficking. The film has a strong female story/interest so is not just a boys action film. Similar to Taken in some ways. CERTIFICATION: the producers wanted and felt in could be a 15 but the BBFC gave it an 18, it was sent back and reviewed by senior inspectors who sympathised but upheld the 18, not on the level of violence but 'the overall tone' of the film and it's harsh depiction of the sex trade. The BBFC notes can be seen on their site, but they obviously felt the treatment of sex trafficking was more disturbing than Eastern Promises, which they gave a 15 and more in line with Taken that was given an 18. There is no use of the 'c' word, and just over 60 uses of the 'f' word. There is almost no nudity and no enforced sex scenes as in Eastern Promises. ORIGIN AND STORY BASE: The script was anchored on a Moldavian plight after the writer saw Michael Pailin's New Europe when he was shown, by a UNISEF officer, the huge trafficking problem in the poorest country in Europe. It uses a collection of stories about Eastern European crime in the UK, highlighted by the recent high profile case of the Romanian father and son prosecuted for sex trafficking in the UK. It is set in northern England, mentions Leeds, but could be anywhere. DVD and EXTRAS: If the copy you are offered does not have the ICON logo on the front it is likely a pirate of a very early test edit. The real DVD has the ICON logo and is the version seen in the cinema. The real version also has 112 minutes of interviews including the Eastern European actresses who have first hand knowledge of sex trafficking and behind the scenes footage and films which differ from the many films on the TV channel, which in itself gives enough background and footage to show the film you will see. INDUSTRY ACLAIM AWARDS: Action films do not normally win awards so it was only entered into 3 festivals in the USA to develop a market there as it has no US stars. Surprisingly it won Best Director and Best Actor at the prestigious Breckenridge Film Festival, the Silver Palm Award at the Mexican International Film Festival with a special note on its 'excellence in film making'. It was also nominated (last 5 in category) for Best Special Effects (Graham Aikman) and Best Foreign Film (non US film) at the AOF in Los Angeles. CAST: With no real movie stars, Billy Murray, Craig Fairbrass and Laura Aikman are the best known. But all the others are known for TV shows somewhere. The films web site is full of information and pictures and links If you want to see footage and clips will give you ample opportunity. The official press site is handled by noble PR on CONCLUSION: there is enough material around to assess the film well and it does do what is says on the tin. If you like action films you will like it, if you like human stores it will have enough depth but be disturbing, it is not an easy subject matter… but see the directors other film Devil's Gate and you will see he hits topics head on. If you are Russian or Romanian, you might be a little offended, but it is not about all Eastern Europeans, just the criminals and it shows good and bad in all. If you use the sex trade or work in it, you definitely won't appreciate this film.

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41 out of 58 people found the following review useful:

"Freight"- a film to watch!

Author: Sam cullingworth from United Kingdom
12 October 2010

I went to see this film when it came out in Leeds on 8th October. "Freight" is a very well-rounded, British film, with some very searching and probing contemporary topics about our country. Illegal human trafficking has never been portrayed in such a compelling way, and provides the viewer with a gripping, edge-of-your-seat, drama from start to finish.

"Freight" is not without humour, and the audience laughed a few times early on...then the tension mounts, as you are drawn into the plot, which is as follows: Families promised the dream life in the UK are smuggled in, split up and then forced into a fight for their survival. A sequence of unrelated events bring "Gabe Taylor" (Billy Murray) into the middle of the situation, and when his daughter gets kidnapped,all hell breaks loose, with "Jed"(Craig Fairbrass) , Gabe's right-hand man, leading the way into an all-out assault to try and get his daughter back....

The film is exceptionally well-crafted, with suspense, heartache, and drama all the way through. It's great to see a British film as gritty and characterful as this, with great performances from Murray, Fairbrass, and Danny Midwinter, who radiates pure evil throughout the movie. Andrew Tiernan makes a star appearance as Midwinter's evil henchman, and, boy does he do it well!

Gabe Taylor's family were both credible and their characters well developed, drawing you into the emotional trauma the family suffers. Sterling performances from Laura Aikman, Luke Aikman, Jean Heard and Sam Kennard, which when "Julie"(Laura Aikman)gets kidnapped, really hits home-definitely a tear-jerker!

Finally, may I suggest that you go and see this film, and if it is not in your area, that you should request it at your local won't regret it!

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Disturbingly dark

Author: robcharman from Leeds
15 March 2011

Whilst not a big budget production like TAKEN it is in the same genre and equally as tense and gripping. Danny Midwinter is superb and is certainly in the grass roots of the current British film industry pushing up beneath the likes of Liam Neeson.A star in the wings! The direction of Stuart St Paul shines the light, subtly onto all the right areas bringing the issues into sharp focus and daring you to forget what's going on in the real world once you step back into it. If a film engages it's done its job...if a film engages and entertains it's a bonus...if a film engages,entertains and sets you thinking...well that's Freight. You MUST see Freight. People trafficking is not pleasant but sometimes you need these experiences to give you a jolt!

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

A very watchable gritty British action film, based on harsh real life

Author: freefall7-1 from Leeds
15 March 2011

I went to watch Freight on its opening night at the cinema and ended up going back the following night as well. Freight is a gritty, British action film, based on the cruel reality of human trafficking from eastern europe; the women forced into the sex trade, the men into cage fighting. The film pulls no punches in showing this. The good casting of the cold, ruthless Russian gang members really adds to the harshness of the film. Freight grabs your attention right from the opening scene and holds it throughout. If you watch Freight not expecting multi million dollar, over the top, Hollywood action and special effects, you will have an enjoyable and impacting 90 minutes

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