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Narcopolis (2015)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 2 October 2015 (USA)
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In the near future, Frank Grieves is a new breed of police officer working in a city where all recreational drugs are legal. When he is taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse, he discovers that legalization has come at a price.

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Justin Trefgarne

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Callis ... Todd Ambro
Kerry Shale ... Martin Fox
Harry Lloyd ... Ambro Scientist
Elodie Yung ... Eva Gray
Elliot Cowan ... Frank Grieves
Mark Ramsey Mark Ramsey ... Night Watchman
Robert Bathurst ... Kim Nolan
Molly Gaisford Molly Gaisford ... Angie Grieves
Louis Trefgarne Louis Trefgarne ... Young Ben Grieves
Cosima Shaw ... Ellen Ambro
Josef Altin ... Ambro Dealer
Adam Sims Adam Sims ... Eddie Rankin
Nicky Henson ... Chief Ballard
Rufus Wright Rufus Wright ... Mason
Jonathan Pryce ... Yuri Sidorov
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Storyline

Narcopolis is a futuristic thriller set in the near future where all classes of drugs have been legalized. Frank Grieves is a 'Dreck', a roaming narc responsible for keeping the black market dealers off the streets and the licenced drugs companies rich. When he discovers a rogue substance in an unidentified corpse, evidence suggests that Ambro, the most powerful drug manufacturer of all, are conducting secret tests on an experimental narcotic. Grieves discovers a second victim - this time alive - but she disappears and he is suddenly taken off the case by his superiors. As his options drain away, it's clear that legalization has come at a heavy price. Is it too late to save the city? Written by Anonymous

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It's 2024. All Drugs Are Legal. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreck See more »

Filming Locations:

Swansea, Wales, UK See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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T Squared Films See more »
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Color | Color (HD)
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Although a futuristic movie forecasting legal drugs, its prediction came true: modern day California. See more »

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Towards the start of the film, the dead woman on the bed first has her mouth open slightly, then closed in the next shot. See more »

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Carefully crafted, Technically sound, Drama-centric Science Fiction Thriller... Rewatchability: Strong Blu-ray: Very Good A:10 V:9
2 October 2015 | by lathe-of-heavenSee all my reviews

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2018-01-21

Okay, I just re-watched this, and I do NOT know what the hell I was smokin' when I originally reviewed this, but quite honestly this film a near masterpiece! Serious 'Hard' Science Fiction, well done, beautifully conceptualized. I cannot understand for the life of me why the average rating for this film is only 4.4 at this moment. This is truly one of THE very best Sci Fi films that I have seen in a very long time. Powerful, effective, and most DEFINITELY engaging!

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Clearly, the director and everyone involved poured their hearts into the making of this film. The performances are quite good. It's an interesting touch that the boy and the Mother in the film are in actuality the wife and son of the director. The boy is particularly good in his role, and although not really having much experience in heavy duty acting, he really did an outstanding job, especially in his scenes with his screen Dad.

The cinematography was also very good with some nice shots of futuristic looking buildings from different countries in contrast with some rather stark UK interior shots. Apparently, they had VERY little money to work with, but considering that, I thought they did an EXCELLENT job of putting this movie together. The editing and pacing are good. I particularly liked the sound design. I thought that it fit the scenes really well with a nice mix of Industrial and moody backgrounds that were quite effective.

The director mentions in his commentary that he deliberately left the last act and the ending slightly ambiguous, which is fine. I don't mind ambiguous endings at all, and I felt the film ended on just the right note... Another great example of a similarly themed movie (although having to do with memory) is the excellent French film 'CHRYSALIS' (2007) which I would also HIGHLY recommend for a Futuristic Crime Thriller!

I would keep in mind, though, that if you are expecting a really HUGE, epic Sci Fi Blockbuster (like the Awesome 'BLADE RUNNER' for example) this movie isn't about that. The look, cinematography, and style are very nicely done, but the Sci Fi elements are more downplayed and low-key. So, you might not get quite as worked up as you would for other Science Fiction films that have more effects and action, since this one is more concept and character driven. BUT... with that said, when the Sci Fi part of the story kicks in about half way through, the concept and story are very well thought out and executed, and the film most definitely DOES leave the audience wondering and asking themselves what the hell is going to happen next...

I had originally given the film a '7', but just after rewatching it now just about 3 years later, I most enthusiastically give it a strong '8'

Very highly recommended!


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