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The Rise (Wasteland) (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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In the vein of Brit-crime crowd-pleasers like LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS, WASTELAND is the sexy, high-energy story of Harvey Miller (Treadaway), a young man recently released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, who has revenge on his mind. He recruits his three best mates to help him rob the local drug kingpin whose betrayal put him away in the first place. As the kingpin catches wind of the con, Harvey's plan threatens to fall apart, in a series of surprising twists that will keep

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Rowan Athale

Sep 1, 2014

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (9)

This British heist picture is familiar but energetic genre filmmaking, more interesting in its particulars than in its overall conception.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A British heist movie that's well deserving of an American audience.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The shallow, derivative and contrived British heist thriller "Wasteland" lives down to its unfortunate name.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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To borrow from a term for the gritty, working-class British dramas that this film also nods to, it's a kitchen-sink caper.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It creates two admirably entertaining storytelling strands - one a friendship saga, the other a robbery caper - yet can't merge the two successfully.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Athale has a flair for guy-pal banter; here, the talk is funny and profane, silly and profound, often in the same breath.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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We're decades past the Kitchen Sink school, this kitchen's sunk.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

The end result is a slick, satisfying debut.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The sarcastic banter and male chemistry between Treadaway, an outstanding Iwan Rheon, Gerard Kearns and Matthew Lewis provide as much pleasure as the mechanics of the twisted revenge plot.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It may not be immune to the odd Brit thriller cliché, but this is an assured, stylish heist thriller from the debut filmmaker.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The final act's too cocky by half, but otherwise this is canny, characterful stuff.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

An inexperienced cast and crew try to rush this atmospheric heist flick and the result is a visually striking film noir that runs out of gas.

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

The constant spinning of wheels drains the piece of its energy until a final act gets so convoluted that the whole thing falls apart.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Lethargic and not particularly invigorating or fresh, you can skip Wasteland and wait for the next Brit crime flick that will be following before long.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

It's all good for having a laugh, for Wasteland, despite its ponderous title, gives us a likeable bunch of rascals we can root for, increasingly rare in the genre...

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Botched by an ending that is too concerned with showing us how clever the writer-director thinks he is.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Wasteland reveals itself as little more than a bloodless plot engine, but it purrs and hums under the ultra-slick chassis.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Rowan Athale's debut feature is a British crime drama that wears its amateurishness on its sleeve.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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