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Stars: Elliot Cowan, Elodie Yung, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Bathurst, James Callis, Cosima Shaw, Molly Gaisford, Louis Trefgarne, Adam Sims, Harry Lloyd, Josef Altin, Simeon Willis, Lenora Crichlow, Jon Campling, Ross O'Hennessy
Director: Justin Trefgarne
Justin Trefgarne’s thought-provoking screenplay for his feature film directorial debut (he also scores a triple with a credit as producer) is set in 2024 London where the manufacture and use of recreational drugs is now legal and manufacturers control the hugely profitable drug trade, leaving venal police to deal with ‘illegal’ dealers
The discovery by policeman and recovering addict Elliot Cowan of a woman who appears to have been killed as the result of using by a new experimental narcotic created by a major licensed drug-dealing corporation catalyses a well-integrated thriller storyline which finds Cowan putting his and his family’s lives in danger when he starts to investigate the woman’s mysterious death…
Trefgarne deserves praise for keeping you watching, as he blends – not always perfectly (some scenes appear suddenly with little narrative motive for them) but rarely tediously – science fiction, time travel, a depressingly credible dystopian future and plenty of action – into a thought-provoking whole.
The acting is apt enough, and effective special effects create a convincing futuristic metropolis and, having once worked for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, I found Trefgarne’s central plotline all too scarily credible.
UK 2014. UK Distributor: Altitude. Colour.
96 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 3, Swearing 2.
Review date: 25 Sep 2015