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Nefarious (2019)

Darren, Lou, Jo and Mas live a meager existence on the fringes of poverty. Indebted to the criminal kingpin of their social housing development, they routinely fear for their lives. On the ... See full summary »


Richard Rowntree
12 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Nadia Lamin ... Lou
Jon Vangdal Aamaas ... Arick
Aaron Thomas Ward Aaron Thomas Ward ... Sex worker
Toby Wynn-Davies ... Marcus
Richard Rowntree Richard Rowntree ... Taxi Driver
Tony Sands Tony Sands ... DCI Matheson
Natalie Mitson ... Margot
Gregory A. Smith ... Clive
Ashton Bell Ashton Bell ... Jack's Henchman
Buck Braithwaite ... Darren
Marlon Roberts Marlon Roberts ... Sgt Roberts
Abbey Gillett Abbey Gillett ... Jo
Matthew Davies Matthew Davies ... Homeless man
Matt Wignall Matt Wignall ... Jack
Lee Hall Lee Hall ... Warehouseman


Darren, Lou, Jo and Mas live a meager existence on the fringes of poverty. Indebted to the criminal kingpin of their social housing development, they routinely fear for their lives. On the other side of town, the already wealthy Marcus and his disabled brother Clive receive a windfall in the form of a winning lottery ticket. When their worlds collide following a botched robbery, the would-be criminals get more than they bargained for, and will be tested to their limits in a desperate attempt to survive a predator of monstrous proportions.

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Sometimes you have to turn to crime, sometimes, it turns on you...




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Pitch Black British Comedy w/ Horror Vibes
28 August 2019 | by mickthomas64See all my reviews

First of all, it's very clear that this film is low-budget, roughly $22k according the the director at a recent festival screening I attended. I only bring this up to highlight how impressive this film is for a budget of that size. The look is gritty, the lighting/color grade a bit too colorful and some of the acting is weak, but the strongpoints are so incredibly strong that this film is worth sitting through the lighting-fast runtime.

The dialogue is pretty amazing, Guy Ritchie levels of snappiness and snark, and I'm not just using that comparison Because of the UK connection, this truly feels like a low-rent Ritchie Film.

The plot isn't exactly fresh, but the pacing is great and the film rarely seems to meander and the twist, while also not exactly original, is fun and makes for a brutal and nihilistic final act.

The final aspect of this film that makes it worth watching is the score. There are a few original songs that may just be the best original songs ever created for a no-budget indie film. They are so good, you're going to spend hours looking for them online.

If you have the chance to see this film, I think you'll come to the same conclusion that I did, it is lacking in production value, because duh, it has a non-existent budget, but what they created with what they had, I can confidently say that this film is exceptional. If you are into true, no-budget cinema or filmmaking, this film should be on your radar and it should serve as a reminder that your ambition doesn't need to be a roadblock if you're willing to get creative.

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17 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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