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Wasteland (2012)

The Rise (original title)
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A young man recently released from prison recruits his three best friends to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for his incarceration. Can he get revenge and win back his fed-up girlfriend?


Rowan Athale


Rowan Athale
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Credited cast:
Vanessa Kirby ... Nicola
Iwan Rheon ... Dempsey
Matthew Lewis ... Dodd
Luke Treadaway ... Harvey
Lewis Rainer ... PC Nixon
Timothy Spall ... D I West
Neil Maskell ... Steven Roper
Gerard Kearns ... Charlie
Brad Moore ... Sgt Kendon
Paul Clayton Paul Clayton ... Albert
Gary Cargill ... Scouse
Grant Crookes Grant Crookes ... Prison Officer
Andy Calderwood ... Ropers cronie
David Turner ... Construction Site Manager
Peter Foster Peter Foster ... Del
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He gave a year of his life. Now he's stealing it back.


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Harvey: The Scouser said he used a meat-delivery van as his cover so he'd only drop at suitable places, restaurants or big pubs that serve food. No, the only place round here that fits the description is The Rise club.
Dodd: Okay. The club makes sense as a dropping point. But why would Roper leave his money in there and not in own his office? He doesn't own the club.
Harvey: Albert's in his pocket and it puts some distance between him and his money in case he ever gets his collar felt.
Dempsey: I suppose his firm looks after ...
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Powerful, gripping & gritty drama with a great solid plot, good characters & superb acting
10 September 2014 | by MUFCOKSee all my reviews

As the credits rolled at the end of this movie I felt a sense of surprise more than anything. Surprised that 'The Rise' was a very good film, exceeding my expectations in every way. A hidden gem almost, a film that I had not heard of until I saw it on Netflix. I am a fan of the genre; the British 'indie' scene is one that I usually enjoy.

This movie is marketed as a heist & revenge movie, which is exactly what it is, but it is not your run of the mill heist flick. It is a powerful, gripping & gritty drama with a great solid plot, good characters & superb acting.

It starts very well, throwing you into the story, the lead character is being interviewed by a detective and he begins to tell the story, showing the viewer how he came to be in that situation. The movie does go down a few gears through the middle of the film but then picks up pace and the final 30-40 minutes are fantastic. I won't ruin anything, but the end of the film is very, very enjoyable. The acting is superb; you genuinely feel for the characters and certainly take sides between the good and bad. The 4 main lads are all convincing and portray their own characters well. There is definitely chemistry between the 4 leads and they do have a realistic, relatable relationship.

One negative I have is that I thought the relationship/girlfriend storyline was a little unnecessary but it is something we have come to expect in almost every film nowadays. To give credit though, it was kept to a minimum and acted more as a sub plot rather than taking centre stage throughout.

I'm not going to say much more as I don't want to give anything away. I'm not sure why this film is so hidden, it never took off and never went mainstream. I know there was a delay in releasing it and it also underwent a title change from 'Wastelands' to 'The Rise'. Overall it is a very impressive film from a novice director/writer with good acting from all the young and upcoming British stars.


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26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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