City Rats (2009)
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Connections made and missed form the foundation of this drama following the journeys of eight haunted Londoners in search of redemption. Jim is throwing watermelons off of a rooftop in preparation for a possible suicide when he spies Sue standing on an adjacent rooftop. She, too, is pondering a fatal plunge, and when Jim catches up to her they attempt to find another way out than straight down. Meanwhile, Sue's ex-boyfriend Dean has hit a creative slump. His paintings panned and his poetry
Feb 11, 2009 Wide
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It's a terrible film, so blithely wrong-headed in its execution that some scenes are quite entertaining in an 'is this really happening?' kind of way.
Although Kelly displays imagination as well as technical skill, his film can't be taken seriously.
The factitious tale of eight Londoners from the lower reaches of the East End who pair off to go about their tedious, unconvincing ways with Canary Wharf usually in the background.
A low budget drama by a writer and director both making their feature debut, it's an uneven but ambitious enterprise which, like its characters, never knows which way to turn, or how best to exploit its own strengths.
There really is no film as terrible as a terrible Britfilm, and here is a depressing example that I can only compare to Madonna's legendarily abysmal Filth and Wisdom.
City Rats is an old Trabant: depressing, prone to stall, its parts not properly welded together.
Sorely in need of an injection of black humour or wit, City Rats is a long trawl through picture postcard London, populated by underwritten characters mouthing unlikely dialogue.
An inane urban drama with a strong cast - Susan Lynch and James Lance among them - and big themes - death, art, love, sex - but no discernible point.
An ambitious, wildly uneven venture beautifully photographed by Adam Levins.
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