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Actor-turned-director Gary Love makes his feature debut with this screen adaptation of co-screenwriter Dominic Leyton's acclaimed stage production Collision. Tom (Steven Mackintosh) is a middle class city boy who is currently scouring the back streets of London in search of an elusive and unnamed object. When Tom comes into contact with desperate young crack addict D (Ashley Walters), it looks as if he may have finally found what he's been looking for. Now, with time running out for Tom and D and psychotic local crime-lord Hoodwink (Andy Serkis) quickly closing in, the pair enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse that finds their mysterious goals gradually coming into focus as their hope to see another day glows ever more dim. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Sugarhouse
Although the writing's exploration of common humanity across the social divide offers occasional worthwhile moral provocation, its evident theatricality also works against any sense of urban authenticity.
Strains so hard to establish some sort of rough street cred that it ends up feeling artificial.
The film, in the end, looks very much like an adaptation of one of those preachy plays that tries too hard to tell it like it is among the underclass.
Directed by Gary Love, early shots promise much but it never delivers. Essentially a Play For Today, with more crack and a syrupy ending you can see coming.
In Gary Love's determinedly gritty Brit-crim movie, three good actors chase around a script that keeps promising more than it delivers.
What justified filming Dominic Leyton's play Collision is hard to see, but the decisions taken in opening it out are what truly wreck Gary Love's misbegotten attempt to do so.
Dominic Leyton's script from his play starts as a flicker of fancy words and ends as a verbose fireball consuming all reality.
Mackintosh's character is a bit sketchy, and his occasional, dramatic interventions were not really believable.
The script invokes sympathy for the characters only at the end - and by then the audience will probably have ceased to care.
Less a movie and more a sustained panic attack, Sugarhouse is so unrelentingly violent, it's like being beaten with a housebrick for 90 minutes.
A low-budget Brit-flick that bucks against the usual "urban cinema" conventions while showcasing its talented cast. Although it runs out of steam, its opening energy and verve are impressive.
Feeling like a short that's been stretched out and mugged of its unpredictable tensions, it's a static slice of ghetto hell.
Despite thin caricatures and dodgy dialogue, this still stands out on the street.
Watchable, energetically directed thriller that doesn't quite come together, despite decent performances from Mackintosh and Walters.
Audience Reviews for Sugarhouse
Slow paced, but superbly acted, starring some of Britain?s most underrated Actors. The acting was so good, that parts had no dialogue at all and yet the storyline continued along its way. A gritty and realistic approach, which really added to the scenes of violence etc.
An insightful look into a world few people will ever experience and some wish they didn?t.
This screen adaptation of co-screenwriter Dominic Leyton's stage production Collision was a wonderful choice for Gary Love who makes his feature debut with Tarantino feel Sugarhouse. It's time to switch from British historical fakes to a real time movies... and to enjoy!More
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