The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Just when you thought grimy gang drama had run out of steam, along comes this dystopian variation, set in a recession-ravaged London 2015.
There are a fair few good ideas in Shank -- a nicely-staged market scene featuring Colin Salmon and an animated fight scene being two -- but they don't come together into anything that even looks halfway like a movie.
The risible script is incoherent, the dialogue frequently unintelligible and the story is nothing new.
The film becomes a pummelling succession of indulgent flourishes that serve no narrative purpose.
With its jarring slang, reckless narrative and offbeat imagery, it's as close to being A Clockwork Orange for the Broken Britain generation as we have. It's up to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not.
This is one of the dullest gang flicks ever to see the light of day...
The whole of Shank is a misconceived mess with music video director Mo Ali forgetting to find an engrossing story to link a series of MTV-type scenes.
That the entire narrative can be easily compressed into a 90-second dream sequence says much more than the garbled anti-violence messages.
If this is the future of film then we're all doomed.
Shank boasts some lively direction and has a couple of nice ideas but is ultimately let down by a repetitive script, some poor performances and a dodgy central message.
There's not a lot of love out there for Shank, but I for one quite enjoyed it. I understand it won't be for everyone, and I do come into it with a bit of a bias, but the only way you'll know for sure if you can appreciate Shank (and decipher its various UK accents) is to watch it for yourself.
"Everything about this film is mediocre. The acting, script, and directing. I could barely understand what some of the dialogue was. I even had the captions on and it said inaudible. So it wasn't just me. That's about all I gotta say about this flick."
Excellent movie. A story that has a gay topic without being a typical "gay" movie. The writing, acting directing make this an quality movie. There is gratuitous nudity and sex scenes that my make some uncomfortable but still tastefully done.
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