Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed "Shopping" (1994) (which he also wrote). The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States. The anarchic and slightly nihilistic view of the main characters makes them hardly likeable as they do as they please in their own little world within the society. Jude Lawīs Billy just wants to be someone and by doing greater and greater hits he can become king in this group of joyriders. Jo is more balanced and knows that their kicks will eventually hurt them, but yet she continues with the joyriding and ram-raiding. The kicks and the fuck you to society attitude is her petrol. But, to me thereīs important layers in "Shopping" pointing out the problem with the youth for not being able to become part of society. They canīt get a job, they are on a collision course with parents, the search for kicks, the lost faith in themselves, the lost faith in society etc. The same issues we continue to have and we seem to struggle to solve these global problems. Something we truly need to take care of. I donīt think that "Shopping" is glamourising joyriding and ram-raiding as the consequences are quite clear in the film and I reckon that was hardly the main point from Paul W.S. Anderson. "Shopping" has something unique that makes it stand out. The plot line, the pulsating soundtrack (excellent theme song from The Sabres of Paradise), the visual elements and the great cast in Jude Law, Sadie Frost (lovely actress), Sean Pertwee, Jonathan Pryce and Sean Bean. Yes, itīs not spot on acting wise or direction wise all they way through. But, the unbalanced indie feeling of it only enhances the film and fits the film as well in my mind. I enjoyed re-seeing this one.
An all-style, no-content attitudinal actioner, "Shopping" is as blank-minded as its vapidly rebellious leading characters. Set in a vaguely futuristic Britain exclusively populated by valueless kids and fascistic police, this slick , sleek and empty joyless ride is immediately unhinged by its lack of credible forces of opposition; there's nothing colliding here except cars. No twists and no particular interesting dialogues but fun and quite entertaining. Enjoy!
[b]Shopping[/b], directed by Paul Anderson, is the story of an ex-con named Billy (Jude Law) and his girlfriend Jo (Sadie Frost). They lead a group of teens who like to ram store windows with cars and then "shop" before police arrive. Somewhat enertaining, but mostly notable for being Jude Law's first starring role.
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