Clubbed

2008

Clubbed

Critics Consensus

Below-average British geezer-crime flick with poor performances, direction and writing throughout.

27%

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Total Count: 11

63%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,095
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Danny - a lonely factory worker, intimidated by life - is battered and humiliated in front of his kids in a random act of violence. His already bleak existence sinks further into the abyss. On the verge of total breakdown he decides to fight back. He meets a group of night-club doormen who take him in and give him the confidence to stand his ground. As he is drawn deeper into their world he becomes embroiled with the local gang boss, setting in motion a train of events with shockingly brutal consequences.

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Critic Reviews for Clubbed

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • It's a comically inept and unfocused piece of filmmaking, with 'This Is England'-lite period detail attained by what looks like a bring-your-own-costume policy.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's a dreadful piece of writing, compounded by an array of shockingly poor performances.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A piece of violent geezer-porn.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Overcomes its low budget suspenseful story, sympathetic leads and cracking '80s soundtrack.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's surprisingly good: well written, nicely acted and beautifully scored.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Neil Thompson's literally hardhitting tale of a turning worm who transforms himself from meek factory drone to strutting nightclub doorman doesn't cast a light on anything.

    Jan 16, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Clubbed

  • Feb 22, 2010
    There was a lot to like about this film. It looks great and it really really moved me. Especially knowing it is true. It is quite harrowing in places but has enough humour in it not to drag you down. The soundtrack is spectacular and has tracks from Chic, Sister Sledge and Forget Me Nots, the Men in Black tune. The cast is great. I have not seen the lead guy in anything before but he is AMAZING! Looks like Mel Gibson meets Daniel Day Lewis. Colin Salmon is in there too and this has to be the performance of his life. I really loved this film and I wasn't expecting it! From the start I was drawn in. I found myself really involved in the characters lives and I really cared what happened to them. With each twist and turn of the plot I became more and more involved. There were violent moments, which are to be expected with a movie about bouncers, however I felt that they were well done. They were very realistic and really added to the intensity of the plot. All that I can say is that it is wonderful to see British cinema shining again. This is the type of film that the UK should be making - as it is what it is so good at. A film with a strong plot, engaging characters and a unique gritty style. There are not many well-known names in the cast but seems to have found the best of the British talent not yet ruined by Hollywood. The initial story is about a factory worker called Danny who is down on his luck and close to suicide, he is recently divorced and even his kids start to see his weaknesses. When he starts to involve himself with some new friends at a boxing gym, who work as club doorman, and explores new relationships with people he can trust, his life starts to improve. With his new found lifestyle other stories start to evolve. Sparky is finding it hard to resist the pressure and the money coming from the local gangland boss Hennessey. Rob is on a crusade of removing the club of Hennessey's drug pushers and Louis, the head doorman tries to keep them in toe including his new found protégé Danny. I was not old enough to remember the eighties but the film felt embroiled with fashion and music that seemed to show the culture of the time. There are not many films I can remember getting goose bumps but I was effected several times throughout this film, which is even more surprising considering its genre. Danny - a lonely factory worker, intimidated by life - is battered and humiliated in front of his kids in a random act of violence. His already bleak existence sinks further into the abyss. On the verge of total breakdown he decides to fight back. He meets a group of night-club doormen who take him in and give him the confidence to stand his ground. As he is drawn deeper into their world he becomes embroiled with the local gangland boss, setting in motion a chain of events with shockingly brutal consequences.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2010
    Stylish gangsterish Brit film written by Geoff Thompson (based on his autobiography "WATCH MY BACK" ) about a single father who becomes a boxer and a bouncer to rebuild his self-esteem and protect his kids after he's picked on by local gang bullies. Nice supporting turns from Colin Salmon and Shaun Parkes as his fellow bouncers, plus a nostaligic 80's soundtrack, this is more lively than I expected, with as much violence as I expected.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2010
    average english gangster type reel. had some good moments but ultimately came across as cheap and cheesy
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2009
    aguy fancies being a doorman,and thats when troubles start, a not to bright british film,with some good moments, and violence
    scott g Super Reviewer

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