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Emmett J Scanlan
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A good premise let down by some really bad casting...
When I first heard about this film, I thought, okay, I like the idea behind some old school villains coming back to teach the younger ones something about respect on their old manor. Not an especially original premise but one that could certainly be hugely entertaining and 'We Still Kill the Old Way' certainly has one or two scenes that lived up to my expectations but sadly it is badly let down in a couple of other areas, it has to be said mainly by the female cast in the acting stakes.
Old school villain Charlie (A nice cameo by Steven Berkoff) witnesses a girl being assaulted by a local gang of yobs led by the intimidating Aaron (Danny-Boy Hatchard) Charlie stops her from being raped but is killed in the process. At the funeral his brother Richie (Ian Ogilvy) arrives from Spain where he has been enjoying the good life with his daughter (Played by someone who cannot act for toffee sadly) Meeting with up his former co- workers (Tony Denham, James Cosmo and Chris Ellison) he decides to teach Aaron and his gang a lesson, old school style.
As others have said, not everything is all bad about this film and those who have been so dismissive so quickly must have been blind to have missed the excellent performance by ex Bill cast member Chris Ellison. Here he knocks the socks off the rest of the cast without even trying as one of Old Way boys, and Cosmo and Tony Denham (An actor who is getting better with every film) fill out the rest of the gang with convincing performances. Ian Ogilvy as their leader is less convincing coming across rather one note, but what he lacks in power he makes up for charisma on screen and is at least charming in the role carrying a certain suave that is required for his character. It is a shame then that the chief villain of the piece, Aaron is played like some kind of Plan B reject. Its not the worst performance by any means, its just all a bit one dimensional and must he really have his hoody up in every scene? I am sure that the actor is greater than the role he has been given.
The screenplay itself has some great lines here and there but boy does it have some turkeys too. The female characters in the film all seem to be there to perform the job of occasionally doing bad speeches to inform us of information. Alison Doody is the main culprit here, looking as she does, less like a hardened Policewomen and more like someone who has just come back from a dodgy plastic surgeon. Her performance and her scenes with her daughter do not come across as at all credible and really weaken the film. Its in these scenes where some real emotion is required to give the characters depth that the writers fail to deliver the right dialogue which is then further compromised by a terrible performance. The strongest of the female leads is Lysette Anthony who does her best to deal with the clumsy dialogue handed to her but her role does feel rather perfunctory as the regurgitates the same old lines about the Old Days being better and these kids don't have no respect. It says something when the more memorable of the cast are those with much smaller roles such as Red Madrell and Sagar Radia is great as one of the more weaselly gang members who is deluded about his self importance.
Where the film is at its strongest is in the scenes with the gang back together. The torture scene is both grueling and funny and the climatic shoot out in the hospital is as good as it could have been on an obviously very limited budget. The appearance of the Sten Gun is quite priceless though not entirely unexpected making for a suitable ending. It feels like different scenes here were written by different people, so perhaps one writer is better than three? While nods to the Italian Job to name but one film that gets a tip of the hat are all well and good a stronger script really would have helped here. Strong female characters with believable dialogue is what is needed next time.
Don't take it at all seriously and you may enjoy it for a while. It's set up for a sequel though I am not sure it really needs one.
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