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The Guvnors (2014)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 June 2014 (UK)
The Guvnors is a movie starring Tom Davis, David Essex, and Charley Palmer Rothwell. The Guvnors is a violent thriller set amongst the clans and firms of South East London, bringing two generations together in brutal conflict.

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Credited cast:
... Mickey Snr
... Trey (as Charley Palmer Merkell)
... Adam
... Bill
... Mitch
Richard Blackwood ... PC Benson
... DC Meyler
... Public
... Steph
... Big Tone
... S / a (pub goer)
Jay Simpson ... Neil
... Woods
... Cheryl
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The Guvnors is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story's alpha is Mitch who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London firm. In the modern day he's the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, but Mitch used to be a Guv'nor. This film holds a mirror up to Mitch and shows him the monster once again, buried deep in both DNA and psyche, desperate to break out and wreak havoc. Written by Anon

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Revenge is its own executioner

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Far better than you might think
1 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film has been written off by some lazy press reviewers as just another mockney fighting movie, probably due to its slightly unfortunate title and cover art.

The reality is that couldn't be further from the truth. Although I sat down expecting to watch some kind of sub-Nick Love fluff (which isn't setting the bar very high at all), this was a far better film than I had expected.

The cinematography, music, performances and pacing were all very good, and the story is far from the kind of nonsense you'd associate with most standard football hooligan-style movies. It has nuance, depth and some great twists. It's a proper film, basically, and not just a load of fighting. Though there's a fair amount of that too.

I don't normally write reviews but I felt compelled to defend this movie because on reading some reviews (after I'd seen the film) it seemed that a lot of people had got it completely wrong and probably prejudged it because from a glance at the box, you'd think it was a bit dim. But it isn't.

Good work all round.


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