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Jack Said (2009)

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Jack is an undercover cop infiltrating a criminal gang. Things go pear-shaped when Jack's chancer pal does a runner with a box belonging to the boss and ends up in a perilous situation which threatens to explode into disaster.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Adleth
... Nathan
Ashlie Walker ... Natalie
... The Fixer
... The Boss
... Erin
... Dominique
Rebecca Keatley ... Natasha
... Dave
Steven Lawson ... Ozzy (as Steve Lawson)
David Hahn ... Guv'nor (voice)
Mike Reid ... Guv'nor (archive footage)
... Messenger
... Vic Lee
... Other Side Boss
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Jack is an undercover cop infiltrating a criminal gang. Things go pear-shaped when Jack's chancer pal does a runner with a box belonging to the boss and ends up in a perilous situation which threatens to explode into disaster.

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25 September 2009 (UK)  »

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£650,000 (estimated)
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Due to the sudden death of Mike Reid his part of The Guv'nor is voiced by his Manager and Agent David Hahn, together with some archive footage from the first film. See more »

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In the scene when Nathan is persuading Jack to take his sister Erin to the Opera, in Nathan's left hand is a cigarette but when it immediately cuts to a different camera angle the cigarette is no longer there. See more »

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Impressive British Film Noir
26 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this last night at the cinema and I'm glad it's out on DVD soon as I'm going to get it and watch it again. I thought for an independent low-budget feature, this was a considerably impressive effort. It may not have the money of Sin City – which is clearly an influence for the graphic novels and the films – but they have worked with whatever they had to achieve great production values.

The opening is a massive nod to its graphic novel roots before bringing us into a slightly more recognisable setting but still retaining its noir elements. Scot Simon Phillips is perfectly cast as the everyman-leading man. It's a nice touch that the "name" in the film, Danny Dyer, supports here rather than leads and the predominantly un-famous cast means that we're seeing characters rather than actors laying characters. That said, the two big names, Dyer and David O'Hara, put in often scene-stealing appearances.

Larger that-life in some parts, the characters are clearly based on the graphic novel approach where everything can be in your face, and it works. Ashlie Walker impresses as the sexy psycho seeking to usurp Daddy and Terry Stone is a combination of menacing and funny as the Guv'nor's second in command, 'The Fixer'. It's also impressive that we've finally seen a British gangster film with very strong female characters. Rebecca Keatley and Rita Ramnani provide the "good" to Walkers "bad" and achieve convincingly naturalistic performances.

There are certainly elements of other gangster and noir films. References to the Big Combo, Reservoir Dogs, Sin City, Pulp Fiction and Get Carter abound, but nothing seems lifted, more occasionally treading were others have already tread (thought this isn't always a bad thing). The plot's MacGuffin – a box with mysterious and never-explained contents – is a film staple seen in Ronin and Pulp Fiction, but this is merely a device to propel events forward. The voice-over is of course classic noir – but it's refreshing to hear it as we see London streets rather than American ones.

I can't think of another British film that has even attempted noir in recent years, let alone adapting elements from a graphic novel, and this is a very worthy effort.


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