|One Last Chance|
Yes, the plot is similar to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as these likable but very stupid men get deeper and deeper into trouble and events take darker and more sinister turns, including one extremely disturbing event that's actually dealt with thoughtfully (for the most part). But this is a much warmer film than Lock Stock, and much more low-key as well. In fact, the plot doesn't kick into gear until at least halfway in; before then it feels like just a goofy slice of rural life. Superb dialog and nice performances help paper over the corny, cliche-ridden storyline. And the idea of day-to-day dullness is vividly portrayed on screen ... with rather lacklustre filmmaking. It's efficient and nicely done, but without much energy or verve. Once the story gets going, it picks up a bit, although each crackpot idea these guys come up with makes us less sympathetic with them. Still, there are some genuinely engaging scenes, as well as some sharply funny moments that make it watchable. And the running joke about the horrors of Christmastime (when everyone comes home to gloat) does hit a nerve!
dir-scr Stewart Svaasand |
with Jamie Sives, Kevin McKidd, Iain Robertson, Dougray Scott, Neve McIntosh, James Cosmo, Jimmy Chisholm, Ewan Stewart, Niall Grieg Fulton, Rupert Vansittart, Ralph Riach, William McBain
release UK 12.Mar.04
Another crackpot idea: McKidd, Robertson and Sives
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