Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gangs of London is Sky’s big budget TV modern-day gangster drama, spread across nine gruesome and action packed episodes, from the minds of The Raid team of Gareth Evans & Matt Flannery. It’s loud, in your face and full of every gangster trope you’ve probably enjoyed in a hundred Guy Richie/ Essex Boy knock offs. It’s big in scope, big in execution but sadly a bit short in story feeling very spread out over the the nine episodes. It’s also, at times, playing out like a super violent episode of Eastenders. But for all it’s shortcomings the vision, delivery and execution (literately in some instances) is breathtaking. It’s that ultra tough Raid/Ong Bak style action from start to nearly the finish and I often found myself wincing at the violence on display. So ultimately yes it’s flawed, yes it’s loo long and yes the story doesn’t quite work… but when the visuals and action are this good you kinda don’t care.
Best Bit: The action is some of the best ever put on TV
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Sky)
If You Liked this Try: The Raid, Layer Cake, Ong Bak