Shifty

Shifty

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Shifty Reviews

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Anthony L
Super Reviewer
February 26, 2014
Shifty isn't a masterpiece but I think for a little small budget British film it deserves praise. It stars Cinephile Crocodile favorites Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays as drug dealer and ex-drug dealer consecutively. The film is basically one long conversation between the two, comedy and drama happen along the way, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much but the script is always spot on. It is a balance of originality and cliche but I would forgive some of the more expected aspects of the film for the scenes of genuine quality and tenderness. Not perfect but a fine debut by anyone's standards.
Sophie B
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2012
A well written, day in the life of, which is different to other drug films. It involves you from the start and there's a lot of guessing going on right until the end. Highly recommended to fans of British film.
Lady D
Super Reviewer
½ April 25, 2009
Not so much a story in a traditional sense, more of a ?day in the life of? type of tale and in this case it?s through a drug dealer?s eyes. Whilst this is true in terms of storyline build up, perhaps the true meaning of the film is about relationships of all kind, family, friendships, the loyalties that come from them, right to the non-stereotypical drug users and their relationship with drugs.

Well acted, very realistic, but as a result suffers a slightly slow paced urban thriller. Regardless, it?s a worthy British Drama and well made for what appears to be a very low budget film. A particularly good performance from Riz Ahmed.
gor41 gor41
Super Reviewer
½ October 11, 2009
Effective calling card for a new talent in director Creevy, his personal experiences lend authenticity to the script, and a smart sense of humour stops this descending into grim geezerdom.
Hassan V
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2012
Firstly, the film looks fantastic for the budget it was made on. But innovative and quality film production does not make a great film in itself. Shifty has some fascinating aspects but it in the end is another average London drug street film. However Riz Ahmed's performance is top; he is charismatic and likeable even though his character is a bit of a selfish so and so. This performance and its macro budget ingenuity just edges it past being bog standard average
lesleyanorton lesleyanorton
Super Reviewer
½ March 25, 2010
A day in the life of a Muslim drug dealer in an unnamed London suburb, as Shifty bickers with his mate and brother, crosses swords with his supplier and services his customers. Pretty lively, and there's an air of authenticity to some of the set pieces, but not great...but then again not bad either for a film made in 18 days for £100K and under 90 minutes..
RobertStern212 RobertStern212 ½ September 13, 2009
Very fine direction by Eran Creevy. He handles his actors very well. Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Jason Fleming and Francesca Annis give really nice performances.
Bengel W. Bengel W. September 26, 2013
Down to the grunge drug dealing world of London and the relationships that are common in status. Script is crude and rude containing an overbearing amount of swearwords. Music adds flavor to the scenes mostly lighthearted in rhythm. Depressing subject that shows the lack of humanity that is involved in the drug world. Nibbles: Vegetable Stuffed Turkey Roll.
Dan R ½ May 20, 2013
Difficult to get a hold of on this side of the Atlantic, 'Shifty' sets what might otherwise be a typical rough-life-on-the-streets plotline against the suburban estates of post-industrial Britain.
Caomh M March 22, 2013
a strong intruging crime drama
Eric H ½ August 7, 2012
Another perfect example of how a film - regardless of it's budget can still be hugely effective if the story is told well. It's a pretty simple tale about a guy called Chris returning home to the town that he left behind, still tormented by the guilt that drove him away. His best friend Shifty has chosen a potentially destructive life path, and over the course of the day they attempt to re connect and face up to their problems, both past and present. Both Daniel Mays and Riz Ahmed are astonishingly good in this film. The subtlety of their relationship is believable and they really make you care about them. Jason Flemyng is suitably gruff as the local hood, and it's here that Chris has the chance to prove his loyalty to Shifty, where he once failed. Clearly shot on the cheap, this is one of the best British films I have seen in the past few years. Will be keeping an eye on all involved.
Dan S March 25, 2013
Understated urban drama, like Zebra Crossings it's subtlety gives Noel Clarke and Ben Drew a run for they're money. The slow pace and character development couldnt be opposite to Welcome To The Punch, the directors second film after this, and the dynamic between Daniel Mays and Riz Ahmed is really strong.
Sean M ½ March 14, 2013
Awesome. A spaghetti drug dealing western in modern day UK.

Pretty amoral though with respect to Trevor's wife but I guess it was meant to be. That's probably why he left the life....

So more an anti hero spaghetti western.
Spencer G December 30, 2012
Great performances and pacing turn a somewhat familiar tale into something extremely engaging.
Bobo K ½ November 2, 2012
Although this story has been told a million times, Shifty delivers great performances by Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays. I really enjoyed the film's message of how drugs affects everyone from the buyer to the seller, to their respective families/friends.
James B ½ August 18, 2012
not the worst low budget iv seen but not very entertaining.
Russell K July 17, 2012
Really enjoyed this - well directed/acted with a great twist at the end......
Merlene F. Merlene F. ½ June 9, 2012
Someone please explain to me what is good about this derivative film? NOTHING happens. I get the impression that middle class white men (broadsheet reviewers) feel cool to say they enjoyed it. It is OK at best. Some nice shots and decent acting but ultimately a flat undercurrent and a silly silly ending. UK film please do better.
Hassan V
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2012
Firstly, the film looks fantastic for the budget it was made on. But innovative and quality film production does not make a great film in itself. Shifty has some fascinating aspects but it in the end is another average London drug street film. However Riz Ahmed's performance is top; he is charismatic and likeable even though his character is a bit of a selfish so and so. This performance and its macro budget ingenuity just edges it past being bog standard average
Diogo S. Diogo S. March 6, 2011
Shifty faz lembrar, exactamente com todos os detalhes, porque é que Trainspotting foi tão grandioso. Este filme segue mais ou menos as mesmas caminhadas do filme de Danny Boyle, mas com o seu próprio enredo que nunca cai em clichés, vive de cenas mórbidas mas engraçadas, tem linhas espectaculares e dois protagonistas sensacionais, que mostram de forma simples mas precisa como o mundo da droga nunca nos abandona uma vez dentro dele. De fazer inveja a Hollywood!
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