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4.3.2.1 (2010)

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Writer/director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood) returns to the helm for this frenetic urban thriller following four friends who went their separate ways, but find their fates colliding following a chance meeting with a group of ruthless diamond thieves. Jo (Emma Roberts, Cassandra (Tasmin Egerton), Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) and Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) used to be inseparable, but lately they've begun to grow apart. As Jo struggles for a sense of direction while earning a meager

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Noel Clarke

Jul 31, 2012

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These girls are brilliantly un-victimy and always come out fighting. If only they weren't incessantly paraded about in their underwear for the viewing pleasure of men.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I admire the ambition. Unfortunately, it's the execution that fails here.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The plotting is clumsy, the characterisation scraggy and the dialogue clunky- but you can't accuse Clarke of lacking ambition, even if his film does display a yawning gulf between aspiration and accomplishment.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

full review at Movies for the Masses

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A complete absence of wit and some truly terrible writing and acting makes for one bluntly bad movie.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

I regret to say I enjoyed nearly every minute.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

There's something a bit off about the whole film for me. It just wasn't making it. It was chaotic without being very illuminating.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

This is pretty much a girl power movie, Tarantino style, with jump cuts, fast cuts, split screens and a lot of lip. And for the most part it's fun.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Like most of those movies that purport to tell it like it is for the fashionably chic young, the result is as cheesy and sentimental as it pretends to be streetwise.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Clarke does all he can to grab your attention but then you learn he has nothing worth saying. A big disappointment.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

4.3.2.1. is shrill, histrionic and a little bit naff when it could have been cool, hip and exciting.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The multithreads, a la Pulp Fiction, weave and collide, but it's all too linear, too telegraphed, its influences too obvious, its edges sanded down by compromise.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It brings me no joy to say it, but Clarke's filmmaking is like a narcissistic strut from someone who needs to brush up on walking.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue's clunky and the ludicrous plot is full of holes. It's a great relief when real talent like Ben Miller appear -- but he's only in it for a couple of minutes.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Paragraph after paragraph can be spent dissecting the flaws, the portrayal of men as either evil or nerdish, and the cringeworthy decision to make the lead actresses all strip down to their skimpies at various stages of the movie.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Noel Clarke, blowing his promise as the debut director of Kidulthood, blends youth romp with international thriller.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

4.3.2.1 is a totally untested mash-up of slick, Hollywood-style action and edgy British teen drama. And not only does it work -- it works brilliantly.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

There's an interesting idea in this film, as we watch four people over the same three days while their experiences converge into one story. But the plot is riddled with holes and filmmaker Clarke strains to hold it together.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Flashy, fast-paced and unashamedly trashy, this is a supremely shallow but no less enjoyable thriller, enlivened by strong performances, snappy editing and a willingness not to take itself too seriously.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Lacking the polish of the Tarantino frescoes he's striving to emulate, Clarke's multistrander still packs enough infectious gusto, humour and surprising detours to paper its obvious cracks. He's still on the way up, but the future is bright.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for 4.3.2.1

Not a bad movie, it kept me interested so i'd watch it again.
I thnk Noel Clarke has got some talent in his movies and he picks an exceptional cast, ive always llked stoyrlines like this where they all interlink. worth a watch
April 1, 2011
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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"4 Girls, 3 Days, 2 Cities, 1 Chance....."
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While Jo (Roberts) is chained down in a dead end supermarket job, her friends are all out on their own separate adventures: Cassandra (Egerton) is jetting off to New York to meet her Internet boyfriend; Kerrys (Warren-Markland) is on a one woman crusade fighting for female liberation and Shannon (Lovibond) is on a one way trip to meet her maker.

REVIEW
From the director of Adulthood comes a shaggy dog story that seems to go on forever: Each girl has her little segment over the same time period before their stories meet up at the end. There are some ingenious touches here and there, but this is certainly a lot less clever than it thinks it is. None of the individual parts rises above the mediocre, and most will bore you before the end with the unpleasant characters and the overuse of street slang.

Note to the writer: throwing in gratuitous sex scenes might be a good diversion, but it can't distract us if the plot is poor and the performances aren't up to standard. It's also slightly ironic how this supposed celebration of 'girl power' is probably one of the most sexist films I've seen in it's depiction of women as either dumb bimbos or sex obsessed lesbians. It's perfectly watchable, but I can't help thinking there are better movies on TV right now, more deserving of your time.
February 9, 2011
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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A generic and immature offering. The film is entertaining, if you can slide aside some terrible performances. It's something a teenager would write after watching Lock,Stock..., Pulp Fiction and GO!. Those fast paced crime films reveled in their daft dialogue, awesome soundtrack choices, and large ensembles. Unfortunately, 4.3.2.1 seems as though nobody read the thing before making it. The huge amount of coincidences do nothing but cheapen the film. As the four stories are revealed, some seem to have nothing to do with anything, while others have so much going on it's impossible to give a fudge. Why did I need to see the story about a girl going to New York, being tricked into sex, etc. I don't know. Other than it opening up some American locales and bizarre Kevin Smith/Mandy Patenkin roles appearances. I don't mind a few "What are the odds?" moments in my movies, but this film is dependent on them. In a true sign of incompetent writing, every time the film hits a dead end, a lucky coincidence kicks the story down the road. If you stick films on and don't intend to think about it ever again, then you should watch this. It can be a bit infuriating for others.
January 25, 2011
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

The heist happens off screen. The diamonds sparkle for seconds. 4.3.2.1 is as much about a crime, really, as Citizen Kane is about sledding. Yes, it's an effective thriller, but slickly sliced and whip-paced as it is, the movie is powered by character, and that's what makes it work. Co-directing from his own script and co-starring as the nefarious Tee, Noel Clarke provides the same pungent sense of place and people he gave his latest movie council-estate combo. His scope is broader, through, mixing nationalities, classes and motivations. Beyond that, this is a great London movie. One story-strand may take place in the Big Apple, but everything comes home to Big Ben's Town - captured as chaotic, glorious, ugly and sweet.
December 19, 2010
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