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Wasteland (2012)

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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?

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Rowan Athale

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Rowan Athale
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Credited cast:
Vanessa Kirby ... Nicola
Iwan Rheon ... Dempsey
Luke Treadaway ... Harvey
Matthew Lewis ... Dodd
Timothy Spall ... D I West
Neil Maskell ... Steven Roper
Gerard Kearns ... Charlie
Andy Calderwood ... Ropers cronie
Lewis Rainer ... PC Nixon
Brad Moore ... Sgt Kendon
Gary Cargill ... Scouse
Paul Clayton Paul Clayton ... Albert
David Turner ... Construction Site Manager
Grant Crookes Grant Crookes ... Prison Officer
Peter Foster Peter Foster ... Del
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Battered, bruised and under arrest, Harvey Miller (Luke Treadaway) sits in a police interview room facing interrogation. Clutching a stack of eyewitness statements, Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall) has no doubt in Harvey's part in a foiled robbery, and his subsequent attempted murder of local businessman Steven Roper. Denying everything, Harvey agrees to tell his version of events in full. We take in his release from prison a month earlier, and the malevolent, unjust act that put him in there. We see his emotional reunion with his sibling-like best friends, and the immovable loyalty they have for one another. We see the rekindling of a lost love, a second chance for two people meant for each other. We see the ingenious planning of the ill-fated robbery, the amazing twist, the shocking outcome and the real driving force behind it - retribution. What unfolds is an exhilarating, moving and hilarious story of loyalty, jealousy, friendship, revenge and the pursuit of happiness. Written by MoliFilms

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He gave a year of his life. Now he's stealing it back.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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UK

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English

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Timothy Spall and Matthew Lewis were in Harry Potter together See more »

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Steven Roper: Prison might be a nightmare... BUT ME! I'm FUCKING HORRENDOUS
Steven Roper: If I was fitted up for a year... I'd make those responsible piss blood for life
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A bit messy and unfocused, but impressively complex indie Brit flick
4 December 2013 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Harvey (Luke Treadaway) is a bright boy with his head screwed on, who has just been released from prison after being framed for drug dealing by the villainous Roper (Neil Maskell), who was none too pleased that Harvey got shacked up with his ex, Nicola (Vanessa Kirby.) But now he finds himself in an interview room with D.I. West (Timothy Spall), relaying the tale of how he and his friends planned to break in to a run down working men's club and steal Roper's ill-gotten gains from a secure safe located in there, only for things not to work out quite how they seemed.

Something gave me the impression on first glance that this little seen, independent crime flick was set south side, expecting a typical smattering of the usual cockney lingo and rhyming slang, only to get a surprise and find it set north of the border, which allowed for no such stereotypes. And so this debut feature length production from director Rowan Athale seeks desperately to break the typical conventions of the genre, a modest budget offering with aspirations above it's station, which despite being a little messy in it's execution and possibly even a little over ambitious, is still impressively intelligent and complex, and could actually stand to a second viewing just to make sense of it all.

Coming from the plot point of two men talking in a room, it's a dialogue driven film, and it's striving for a Tarantino style of execution and delivery, which it manages with a sense of fluency and eloquence. It's intelligent and well written, but not exactly a realistic depiction of how nefarious types of this background and age group would probably speak. At points it all feels a bit heavy and over bearing, and is a little disconcerting as a result. Still, you can't fault it's ambition, and it's carried out with aplomb by lead stars Treadaway, Maskell and veteran Spall.

While it can't help but project a messy, convoluted sort of feel, it's lying in the gutter but aiming for the stars, a low grade thriller with ambition and intelligence to set it that little bit above the rest. ***


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