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Critic Reviews for Shank
'Shank' has a lot more to say than the average no-budget gangland exposé, resulting in a film which, for all its clichés, feels surprisingly real.
Simon Pearce's Shank successfully treads the line between sweet romance, gay soft-core porn, gang violence, and aimless exploitation.
The raw power of the story isn't always very effectively harnessed but the level of conviction is certainly impressive.
A well-meaning but not always convincing attempt to hoodie-ise the gay coming-of-age drama.
Locally produced in Bristol with an up-and-coming cast and crew, this drama is remarkably tough, constantly challenging our preconceptions. It also transcends its budget to create interesting characters and some truly harrowing situations.
Audience Reviews for Shank
At times the movie is flawed, but overall the story told of a conflicted young man coming to terms with who he is while in a place he can't be who he is. Over acted at times but a pretty good cast led the best actor in this film Wayne Virgo. I expect more good things from Mr. Virgo.
Sad, depressing tale of deeply troubled and violent kids in England. Most of the characters are so repugnant and their acts so thoughtlessly cruel you could care less about them. Good acting is its only saving grace.
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