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Shank (2010)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 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.


Mo Ali


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Rheanne Murray ... Lexy
Jerome Holder Jerome Holder ... Tugz
Colin Salmon ... Boogie
Terry Stone ... Papa
Robbie Gee ... Beano
Luke de Woolfson ... Whisper
Robert Fucilla ... Breezer
Eddie Kadi Eddie Kadi ... Reggae Chef


Set in a dystopic future London in 2015, where society has fallen apart, gangs have taken over and the economy is in complete anarchy. The story follows Junior and his older brother, Rager, who are in charge of a local gang, "The Paper Chaserz". They try to stay out of trouble and refuse to kill as part of their 'moral code', which is especially enforced by the strong but defensive Rager. Rager leads his gang, "The Paper Chaserz" and they plan to steal goods out of a local van. The robbery is successful, but a rival gang called The Soldiers, who are notorious and bloodthirsty in trying to take-over all other postcodes in the London area, attempt a theft. The "Paper Chaserz" escape, except for Junior who is stranded and cornered by The Soldiers. Rager reappears and saves his brother by beating all the rival gang members, telling Junior to leave. As Junior flees, Rager is attacked by the crews leader Tugz, who stabs Rager in the back multiple times. Junior now teams up with the rest of ... Written by Sandeep Shetty

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Release Date:

26 March 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office


£385,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£278,906 (United Kingdom), 29 March 2010, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Gunslinger, Gateway Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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All the paperchasers have weapons. Craze wields two hammers, Kics has a Lead Pipe, Sweetboy carries a bicycle chain and Junior later carries a knife. Rager does not have any signiture weapon but it is hinted that the sports tape on his fists may covers up a pair of knuckledusters. See more »


When one of the lead characters is supposedly killed he can be seen breathing although surrounded by a pool of blood. See more »


Tasha: Call me sket again, I will punch you in your balls.
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References Kidulthood (2006) See more »


Performed by Breakage Featuring Newham Generals & David Rodigan
Written by J. Boyle, D. Dixon, & D Carnegie
Vocals by Newham Generals & David Rodigan
Published by Copyright Control
P&C Digital Soundboy Recordings Co. 2009
The Copyright is in this sound recording is owned
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A film editor's version of an orgy
22 October 2011 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

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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