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Poised precariously between raw, 'realist' social comment and neon-lit, American-influenced genre-riffing, Anderson's directorial debut is praiseworthy for its high-octane, unsentimental look at the contemporary phenomena of joyriding and ram-raiding. Billy (Law, photogenic but expressively limited) is a 19-year-old nihilist who finally cares only for the speedy glee of stealing a car - usually in company with Jo (Frost), a feisty but marginally more cautious Irish girl in her early 20s - racing down empty streets with cops in pursuit, and crashing through any suitable shopfront that presents itself. The film is impressively energetic and for the most part appropriately amoral, although motivation rarely rises above 'There must be more than this' or 'I want to be somebody' variety.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul WS Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul WS Anderson
Cast: Sadie Frost
Jude Law
Sean Pertwee
Fraser James
Sean Bean
Marianne Faithfull
Jonathan Pryce
Danny Newman

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1.3 / 5

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Angsty, anarchistic amoral teens steal cars and wreak havoc. As an action pic it is strictly for genre aficionados, as social commentary it's pretty thin, and as entertainment it is fairly boring. Trainspotting or Clockwork Orange, this is not. The gang scenes and lighting owe something to Escape From New York, which has a lot more to offer.