- Belko Experiment, The
- Finding Fatimah
- Free Fire
- Their Finest
- Fast & Furious 8
- Hatton Garden Job, The
- Boss Baby, The (3D)
- Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
- Lost City of Z, The
- City of Tiny Lights
- Quiet Passion, A
- Void, The
- Man Down
- Ghost in the Shell (3D)
- Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
- Don't Knock Twice
Man Inside, The
Stars: Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas, David Harewood, Jason Maza, Michelle Ryan, Peter Mullan
Director: Dan Turner
Another week, another low-budget British thriller whose natural home (despite being filmed in a widescreen format) is in a late night television slot. (Mind you there are two things in its favour – firstly there is no BBC money involved in its making and secondly, Lottery money is also absent).
And give writer-director Turner his due – if he missed a single genre cliché, I must have missed it as well. Otherwise it’s simply a standard ‘seen-it-all-before’ story of a Black Londoner – Thomas – who, exposed to crime at its worst as a child when his father Harewood involved him in the murder for which Harewood is now serving a life sentence – is now trying to expunge his past by training to be a boxer.
Naturally, Thomas’ efforts to live a good life are derailed by family troubles including the stabbing of his brother, which finally drive him to reunite with his imprisoned father - and violence follows...
Thomas and Mullan as his trainer are just about adequate but unmemorable. Harewood attacks his psycho jailbird role like a starving man laying into a pile of sugared doughnuts and former EastEnder and one-time Bionic Woman Ryan sports black lipstick as the key element for her portrayal of Mullan’s daughter and Thomas’ girlfriend.
Richard Swingle’s moody photography of grimy urban locations is a prime asset but , like the film itself, fails to linger in the memory.
UK 2012. UK Distributor: Kaleidoscope . Colour.
99 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 3.
Review date: 27 Jul 2012