The Krays: Dead Man Walking (2018) EXCLUSIVE Review

The Krays: Dead Man Walking (2018) EXCLUSIVE Review

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Most films about the notorious twins cover their rise and fall, The Krays: Dead Man Walking solely focuses on a 12 day period in December 1966 in relation to the escape from Dartmoor prison of Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell, a giant of a man with great physical strength and an even shorter fuse.

Once holed up in a dingy London flat, Mitchell (Josh Myers) starts to exhibit the kind of behaviour that saw him sentenced in the first place. Unable to trust or control him, the twins decide that they will give Mitchell a present in the form of a club hostess called Lisa (Eastender’s Rita Simon’s) to keep him “busy”. As Mitchell’s behaviour intensifies, the twins are left with only one bloody decision.

The latest in the Kray’s cannon of films is refreshing in that it solely focuses on just one event in the twin’s life with everything else on the periphery; the audience glimpses the breakdown of Reggie’s marriage to Francis, Lord Boothby’s “friendship” with Ronnie and the dogged detective Nipper Read (played by Leslie Grantham in his last role) while never shying away from the maniacal Mitchell and his penchant for violence. Marc Pickering and Nathan John Carter who play Reggie and Ronnie respectively portray the twins well, Carter, who has been in 2 recent Kray films in supporting roles has now found himself propelled into the shoes of Ronnie and relishes every second.

The film is lean at just 75 minutes but never outstays it’s welcome and leaves you wanting more. For me the only thing that lets the film down is the inclusion of a miscast Darren Day in a throwaway role.  Day just doesn’t manage to convince, even with limited screen time.

But minor quibble aside like the twins themselves, this smart, gritty, violent and stylish thriller never outstays its welcome and leaves a lasting impression.  Smart, gritty and stylish… The Krays: Dead Man Walking is a vicious and visceral treat

Reviewed by Matt Duddy

The Krays: Dead Man Walking is released on DVD, BluRay and VOD on the xxxxx 2018

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Blog: All Things Film – Age of Kill (2015) Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Age of Kill (2015) Reviewed

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The latest offering from Jonathan Sothcott’s Richwater Films is this tidy little actioner staring Martin Kemp in the title role of Sam Blake, a black ops sniper who has been retired following a botched job.

Sam’s quiet life quickly starts to dissolve around him when his girlfriend is killed by a sniper and his daughter is kidnapped, so far so “Taken” I hear you cry, where this differs from the Neeson film is that the kidnapper has given Sam six hours to kill six apparently unrelated people or his daughter will die.  As morals diminish and murders increase, Sam quickly teams up with the fantastic April Pearson (last seen in the original series of “Skins”) who is also at the beck and call of the kidnapper to assassinate the six targets and rescue Sam’s daughter before it’s too late.

As with recent Richwater Films, the assembled supporting cast is what helps the film rise above the usual DTV fare with the likes of Dexter Fletcher, Bruce Payne, Patrick Bergin, Nick Moran and the always terrifying Philip Davis all in fine form, however, this film belongs to Martin Kemp and it is fantastic to see him chewing the scenery as the rugged and weary sniper who will do anything to save his daughter.

The direction is snappy and the cinematography is stylish while the production value far exceeds the budget of the film, Kemp flexes his action muscles and is convincing in the well choreographed action scenes, especially in a standout scene involving a helicopter.

I for one hope like other recent Richwater hits Vendetta and We Still Kill The Old Way, that Age of Kill will be deserving of a sequel.

 

Author: Matt Duddy

 

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Review: Vendetta (DVD/BR)

Review: Vendetta (DVD/BR)

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The Review: Danny Dyer does Death Wish? You must be having a bubble you facking mug!

Well it’s true, Dyer plays Jimmy Vickers, a rogue SAS operative who has gone AWOL from his regiment in Afghanistan to find the people responsible for the brutal murders of his parents. Tracking them down one by one he exacts swift merciless revenge while staying one step ahead of the police who want him locked up and his army superiors who want him back.

With an attractive solid script that fizzes along it is easy to see why Richwater Films stable of actors all wanted to be on display here with the likes of as Nick Nevern, Tony Denham, Ricci Harnett and Vincent Regan all making appearances alongside Game of Thrones Josef Altin, Dynasty’s Emma Samms and Passenger 57’s legendary bad guy Bruce Payne.

The film itself is beautifully shot and lit, Director of Photography Haider Zafar does a superb job of bringing the bright lights and grittiness of London to life on a budget and the finished product can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of The Sweeney and the more recent Hummingbird on production value alone.

Vendetta will rightly draw comparisons to Death Wish and Harry Brown and is easily the best British thriller in recent years, what the film will be remembered for though is the performance given by its leading man, the days of Danny Dyer cockney geezer have long gone, this is a complete character re-invention and a controlled staunch performance showing his critics and audience alike why he was Harold Pinter’s favourite actor. There is tension and trauma bubbling under the cool dangerous exterior with Dyers stone killer only giving glimpses of his former self with darkly comical wisecracks before dispatching the next victim in a more violent and inventive way than the last.

Vendetta is released in the Cinema 22nd November, Blu ray and DVD 23rd December

The Vendetta novelisation is available now

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Review: Vendetta (Cinema)

Review: Vendetta (Cinema)

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The Review: Danny Dyer does Death Wish? You must be having a bubble you facking mug!

Well it’s true, Dyer plays Jimmy Vickers, a rogue SAS operative who has gone AWOL from his regiment in Afghanistan to find the people responsible for the brutal murders of his parents. Tracking them down one by one he exacts swift merciless revenge while staying one step ahead of the police who want him locked up and his army superiors who want him back.

With an attractive solid script that fizzes along it is easy to see why Richwater Films stable of actors all wanted to be on display here with the likes of as Nick Nevern, Tony Denham, Ricci Harnett and Vincent Regan all making appearances alongside Game of Thrones Josef Altin, Dynasty’s Emma Samms and Passenger 57’s legendary bad guy Bruce Payne.

The film itself is beautifully shot and lit, Director of Photography Haider Zafar does a superb job of bringing the bright lights and grittiness of London to life on a budget and the finished product can stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of The Sweeney and the more recent Hummingbird on production value alone.

Vendetta will rightly draw comparisons to Death Wish and Harry Brown and is easily the best British thriller in recent years, what the film will be remembered for though is the performance given by its leading man, the days of Danny Dyer cockney geezer have long gone, this is a complete character re-invention and a controlled staunch performance showing his critics and audience alike why he was Harold Pinter’s favourite actor. There is tension and trauma bubbling under the cool dangerous exterior with Dyers stone killer only giving glimpses of his former self with darkly comical wisecracks before dispatching the next victim in a more violent and inventive way than the last.

Vendetta is released in the Cinema 22nd November, Blu ray and DVD 23rd December

The Vendetta novelisation is available now

Reviewed By:

Join the debate on our Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/Filmsploitation) or on our website (www.thefilmpodcast.co.uk)