Shank

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Shot and performed by a crew with an average age of 19 – under the tutelage of experienced DIY filmmakers Christian Martin and Robert Shulevitz – ‘Shank’ feels like a student film gone a bit berserk.

Structured around a sweet romance between coke-snorting, self-hating hoodie-on-the-run Cal (Wayne Virgo) and flighty French student Olivier (Marc Laurent), the film draws on timely issues of class struggle and criminal violence to build a convincing picture of gay life at street level.

It’s all rather worthy and simplistic, relying on hackneyed depictions of cellphone-wielding happy-slappers and graffitied backstreets. The cast is patchy at best, notably Cal’s stereotypical thug-life cronies, but Virgo grounds the proceedings with a compelling central turn.

Martin and Shulevitz’s script is nicely constructed, with a few well-judged – if overcooked – last act revelations. Overall, ‘Shank’ has a lot more to say than the average no-budget gangland exposé, resulting in a film which, for all its clichés, feels surprisingly real.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday September 11 2009
Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Simon Pearce, Mo Ali
Screenwriter: Christian Martin, Robert Shulevitz
Cast: Wayne Virgo
Marc Laurent
Alice Payne
Kedar Williams-Stirling
Paul Van Carter
Adam Deacon
Ashley Bashy Thomas
Michael Socha

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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wimberman

It was the best gay film I seen since Noah's Arc & Queer as Folk and it was so raw and real! Great Job!!. Hat off to Wayne Virgo for making it feel real.

wimberman

It was the best gay film I seen since Noah's Arc & Queer as Folk and it was so raw and real! Great Job!!. Hat off to Wayne Virgo for making it feel real.

ahmed rakim

A waste of time. I still would view it if you havent seen it just to get an impression of how utterly appauling some films can be. The plot was very basic and boring, it seemed to get alot worse as it went on. It was such a poor script , i wonder why they bothered. What was all this weird futuristic computer game stuff aswell, and that weird dancing they were all doing somewhere in the begining.

KSmith

I grow up in a bad neighborhood with gangs and I think this film was so close to home with me! It was the best gay film I ever saw and it was so raw and real! Great Job!! I'm from New York City!!

KSmith

I grow up in a bad neighborhood with gangs and I think this film was so close to home with me! It was the best gay film I ever saw and it was so raw and real! Great Job!! I'm from New York City!!

whitey

this movie was shockingly bad!! do not waste your money on it. it had a terrible plot and some really random parts in it that had no point what so ever! a terrible movie that is not worth your time or money!

mr singh

the worst film i have ever seen man, i wish there was a way of getting my money back!!1

critique

Visually arresting, dynamic urban drama. If you enjoyed Kidulthood (the poster for which appears in an early scene), you will most likely find something of interest in this.

Oliver Chambers

It is wrong to look for good points in this pile of ordure just because the filmmakers are young and British. Unless we have filmmakers with more to offer, there is nothing to gain from supporting a domestic industry. This film shouldn't have been made. Having been made, it shouldn't have been released. I can only hope it wasn't subsidised by the taxpayer in any way.

blueboyalx

A totally uneven film that seems unsure what it is, an urban hip-hop music video or a drama? I'm ashamed to say my mate and I turned to each other and we both decided to walk out. Ten pounds I wish I'd never spent. Sometimes the main reviews of Timeout are totally way off and I have to say this was one of them!

grime girl

This film is really bad...I was at the previews and all I can say is that the people that think this film is good are generally the fools causing foolishness in our society and the idiots that bothered to make this cack

chris hamill

the producer/writer/director missed a golden opportunity in this film to satisfy the audience !! We should have been given the pleasure of seeing the brainless, homophobic gang getting there just desserts in court/in jail, in any way frankly, what a pity !!!! I agree with the posting above, I wanted to leave the at the graphic, drawn-out, unnecessary violence scene at the end. It gave the gang more screen presence than they deserved - it all felt unbalanced. Some of the dialogue was cliched and I cringed quite a few times. There was a Q&A afterwards and I told them what I'm now writing here. They didn't seem to agree but then they wouldn't would they, it's too late to change it. The writer complained that the London 'National Film Institute' had rejected this film for this years 'Gay Film Festival' but I very much agree with their decision - this film was definitely not worthy. Sometimes badly written/acted and ultimately quite unsatisfying for a gay audience watching, thugs queer bashing and getting away with it. DREADFUL !!

HUGGY

If i could i would give this film a zero, it started of poor giving no real insight in to the main carachter call, it pics up in the middle of the film with a sweet reltaionship booming but come then end of the film there is a very grapic rape scenc that i feel did not have to be as graphic as it was to get the point accross, i feel this film soud carry a warning of quite how graphic this scene is, any one who has been unforunate enough to have been in this type of situation woud undoubtable be upset by this scene. In all honest my partner had to wak out at this scene and i barley managed to watch. the fims finale dose not make up for or justify such a graphic scene.