Spike Island (2012)
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The filmmakers botch the story with a fragmented script and harshly edited scenes that prevent us from properly engaging with anything that happens.
The piece as a whole gets bogged down in rites-of-passage cliches and, ultimately, seems out of time.
Whitecross clearly has both an eye and ear for the rarefied nuances of pop culture ...
Incident after incident might be prefaced with the dread phrase "one time we took drugs and then . . ."
There's a terrific blast of nostalgia in this finely crafted film, which will probably make it a hit for Stone Roses fans, but it's so jaggedly edited that the plot is almost impenetrable.
Stylishly shot and features an expectedly strong soundtrack, but the script feels contrived and the clichéd voiceover is rather annoying.
Christopher Ross's bold cinematography, in particular, helps capture the potent exuberance of the era.
Spike Island is a film that does more or less precisely what you expect it to do - no more, and no less - and within that limited remit, it's a gentle and affable watch.
Underwhelming drama about a fledgling band trying to get to the Stone Roses' momentous 1990 gig in order to pass on their demo to Ian Brown.
It's hard to see who the film is aimed at, teenagers or nostalgic forty-somethings? There doesn't seem enough for either.
Following Made Of Stone, this is another slice of nostalgia for baggies of a certain age.
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