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Pulp (2013)

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Thunder Racers, Infinite Finity, Rat Warriors. Junk Comics' titles have been referred to as 'the worst printed material since Mein Kampf'. Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the British International Comic Show, and nothing will stop Tony from making it a success. Nothing except a gang of Geordie criminals who are using a comic company to launder their dirty money. Tony is drafted by the police to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. Aided by his trusty geek sidekicks, Rick and Keith, Tony must defy the odds if he is to become a real life hero. Written by Pulp

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Unashamed fun and frolics
29 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A cast and crew of relative newcomers; not a known actor in sight; shot in the (not so) glamorous locations of Birmingham and Stoke; and with a budget seemingly accumulated from the bottom of a wishing well, 'Pulp' sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. But if the directors (Adam Hamdy and Shaun Magher) wished for a fun, energetic movie that keeps you smiling and laughing throughout, then their wish was granted.

'Pulp' is the story of Tony Leary (Jay Sutherland), the hapless comic-book publisher of Junk Comics, whose previous work has been described as the worst printed material since Mein Kampf. With bills he can't pay, and the UK comic convention approaching, he has one last roll of the die at turning his fortunes around. Somehow, he's drafted in by the police to help them uncover a drug gang, who are using a rival comic-book company to launder their money.

If the plot sounds a bit bonkers, that's because it absolutely is. Unashamedly so. Throughout, the film revels in its own buffoonery, to varying degrees of success; prolonged heated exchanges between characters about movies such as 'Inception' and 'Star Wars' really work as moments of well-written pop-culture references, whereas some of the zany characters are so over-the-top and at odds with the rest of the tone, that they feel like they belong in another (perhaps animated) film entirely.

The acting performances are all sound, despite the characters ranging from the believable to the downright ridiculous, and it's this lack of a consistent tone that's probably the films weakest point. You can never quite fully invest in the world, because you're not quite sure what that world is meant to be. Whilst Jay Sutherland does a great job at portraying Tony Leary's trials and tribulations in a three-dimensional way, some of the other characters - such as the bumbling geek side-kick, Keith (Simon Burbage), and the aggressive cop, Tyler (Neil Jennings) - may as well be cardboard cut-outs (perhaps not through any fault of the actors themselves may I add).

Sometimes it all just works and sometimes it all falls a bit flat and frankly that's the film in a nutshell.

That said, like Kevin Smith's 'Clerks', 'Pulp' has no pretences about what it's trying to do or say; it really is just an enjoyable, at times careless, movie which does exactly as it says on the tin.

If you're willing to overlook the shortcomings, there really is a great little movie here, probably best viewed with a few friends after a night out.


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