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The director of the grisly British genre pictures “Creep” and “Severance” makes an unexpected segue into cheery comedy fare with the amiably rough-around-the edges “Get Santa.” The tale of an estranged father and son bonding as they attempt to bust Santa Claus out of a London jail and save Christmas, Christopher Smith’s fifth feature packs plenty of family appeal; its timing could have been luckier, however, as it faces competition in the U.K. not just from reliable franchise entry “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!” but also box-office sensation “Paddington.” “Get Santa” opened Dec. 5 with a just-ok £577,000 ($904,000) from 418 cinemas.
Nine-year-old Tom (wide-eyed newcomer Kit Connor) is excited that his dad Steve (Rafe Spall) has been released from prison just in time for Christmas, after a two-year stretch for assisting in a robbery. And it’s Steve he turns to, not mom Alison (Jodie Whittaker) or her new partner, »
- Charles Gant
Christmas comes with a bit of grit this year – and no, not the stuff they sprinkle on the roads before it snows. Christopher Smith, the British writer/director behind horror films like Severance, Creep and Black Death, has put Santa in the slammer just as the big day approaches. But parents shouldn't be alarmed, because despite the ominous set-up, this is actually a warm and witty family caper.
Keeping with tradition, Rafe Spall plays loveable loser Steve, who hasn't seen his little boy Tom (the lively Kit Connor) since getting banged up. Naturally, after a few years in the slammer, Steve makes a beeline to visit his son as soon as he's released. Steve is no hard-nut, more a misguided Cockney geezer who's finally got his priorities straight, »
Produced by Liza Marshall, the film also stars Rafe Spall, Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Jodie Whittaker, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlan and Nonso Anozie. The cast is rounded out by Perry Benson, Matt King, Joshua McGuire and Hera Hilmar.
The film begins when nine-year-old Tom, played by newcomer Kit Connor, discovers Santa (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed just days before Christmas. Escaping the wreckage of his sleigh and desperate to return to Lapland, Santa has come to ask Tom and his dad Steve (Spall) for help.
But Steve has »
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3 items from 2014
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