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Cardboard Gangsters (2017)

A group of young Cardboard Gangsters attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex.

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Mark O'Connor
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Credited cast:
John Connors ... Jason Connolly
Fionn Walton Fionn Walton ... Dano
Kierston Wareing ... Kim Murphy
Jimmy Smallhorne Jimmy Smallhorne ... Derra Murphy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Alwright Paul Alwright ... Glenner (as Paul Alright)
Alan Clinch Alan Clinch ... Whacker
Stephen Clinch Stephen Clinch ... Ross Kelly
John Dalessandro John Dalessandro ... Lukey
Damien Dempsey Damien Dempsey ... Curley Murphy
Gemma-Leah Devereux ... Roisin
Kyle Bradley Donaldson ... Stephen Kelly
Graham Earley Graham Earley ... Evers Dempsey
Maura Foley ... Maura
Tristan Heanue Tristan Heanue ... Kieran
Fionna Hewitt-Twamley Fionna Hewitt-Twamley ... Angela Connolly
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Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.

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Could Have Been Worse
16 December 2018 | by silvio-mitsubishiSee all my reviews

Not a great film by any stretch, but it was entertaining enough to keep my attention. Some of the characters were one-dimensional but the anti-hero, his mother and his girlfriend were sympathetic depictions of people trapped by history and circumstances. The scenes between Jay and Angela, when she confronted him over his dealing and when he later confessed to a crime, were particularly good. It would have been more involving if we had seen some character development rather than a brief glimpse of some children who then suddenly become adults with ideas to break into the big time, either through music or drug dealing.

There were some big liberties taken with background: the drug use and death of a father, the CD of dance music a character has, the decision of a young man to join the family business with no obvious talent. We have to believe three people can turn up at an airport in Ireland and fly to Spain with no tickets or preparation, and a destructive sexual relationship does not ring true. We got that the estate was rough and did not need children doing wheelies in the street continually to remind us.

The biggest issue for me though, watching at home, was the appalling sound quality. Dialogue, in a thick Irish accent, was often too quiet but would be replaced suddenly with very loud and intrusive music. Subtitles only added to the mess: "a sensitive man" was rendered as "a sensible plan", and it was way off in several other places.

Overall, worth five stars for keeping me interested enough to see it through. I won't spoil the ending, but it was never going to be a happy one.


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Country:

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Release Date:

16 June 2017 (Ireland) See more »

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EUR600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,728
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