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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?

Director:

Rowan Athale

Writer:

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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wasteland See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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First feature film directed by Rowan Athale. See more »

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[last lines]
Dempsey: LET ME OUT
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Let Us Stay Young
Performed by 'Lucas Nord vs. Urban Cone'
Courtesy of Hybris Publishing / Warner
Chappell Music Scandinavia
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Great Indie.
8 September 2012 | by aidanmazeSee all my reviews

I got to catch this at TIFF (My first film ever seen at the festival) and loved it. Great story, pacing, soundtrack, cinematography, writing, acting and direction. First-time writer-director Rowan Athale gets it right. My only problem was that he tries to do too much in his debut. What he does is great, but if he had tried to maybe do less in terms of covering the norms of heist and crime films, i.e. the ____ steps of committing a crime successfully. That's it. Timothy Dalton and Luke Treadway have great back and forth dialogue, and just when you think the film is over and you have unanswered questions, your questions are answered and you are given more of the brilliant story, and a great ending that perfectly ties up everything.

I'm not sure if this will appeal to North American audiences, but it looks like it could be a huge hit in the UK. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.


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