Straightheads (18)

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 24 2007

What was Gillian Anderson thinking when she signed for this film? The actress had been quietly forging a post-Scully reputation as a respected and varied actress, with roles in ‘The Last King of Scotland’ and the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Dickens’s ‘Bleak House’. So why would she agree to star in this superficial revenge fantasy, which plays out like a ‘Nuts’-generation ‘X-Files’ geek’s wet dream gone wrong? One can only imagine that she was offering her services for the greater good of the filmgoing public, in a vain attempt to inject a drop of plausibility into writer-director Dan Reed’s half-baked script. Or to counter the stupifying one-dimensionality of her co-star, Danny Dyer, usually to be found flying the flag for English moronity in Nick Love films.

Anderson plays Alice, a middle-class London career woman who lures ‘bit-of-rough’ security system installer, Adam (Dyer) to a glamorous party at a countryside mansion before seducing him with some bizarre chin-sucking in the woods. Unfortunately, their pleasure is short-lived, as they are savagely attacked on the drive home, leaving them physically and emotionally scarred, and with a bloodthirsty desire to settle the score against their assailants. From here, the film is a shallow study of the ‘intoxicating allure of violence', with a few gratuitous tit shots thrown in for good measure. The characters have as much psychological depth as tyre skid marks, and Adam and Alice’s transformation from law-abiding citizens – or ‘straightheads’ – to rifle-wielding vigilantes is so sudden it’s absurd. The few fleeting moments of suspense created in the build-up to the highly unpleasant (but occasionally imaginative) assault scenes are insufficient redemption. Rebecca Davies
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Release details

Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Apr 27, 2007

Duration:

80 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Dan Reed

Producer:

Damian Jones, Kevin Loader

Production Designer:

Simon Bowles

Cinematography:

Chris Seager

Cast:

Steven Robertson, Ralph Brown, Francesca Fowler, Anthony Calf, Danny Dyer, Gillian Anderson

Screenwriter:

Dan Reed

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Holly

I think the movie was really good,Gillian Anderson seemed a bit of an odd choice but overall I thought it was great,I think if that happened to anyone revenge is the only way to feel like you can live again...so well done on a fab film.Danny is hot hot hot!!!!

Sophie

I think this review is a little harsh, so ok it wasnt the best script ive ever heard but still i think overall the film was quite good. I didn't like it when the review said "Adam and Alice’s transformation from law-abiding citizens – or ‘straightheads’ – to rifle-wielding vigilantes is so sudden it’s absurd." i don't agree with this atall, i think that if you were raped then you would feel it extremely neccesairy to seek revenge, as i know i would. Anyway, i doubt this film will be your favourite but its definatly worth a watch.

steve

absolutely brilliant! what are the "so-called" film critics watching? or are they just guessing? get real and give some credit for a gripping low budget british film.

steve

absolutely brilliant! what are the "so-called" film critics watching? or are they just guessing? get real and give some credit for a gripping low budget british film.

Ed

The TimeOut review is entirely accurate. I don't think Mr. Dyer is to blame for the poor quality of this film - the lack of effort on the script front is a more fundamental flaw. After this and 'Severance', D D might want to give 'lost in the woods, likeable stoner in club casual wear turns savage survivor after attack by weirdos' a bit of a break. The same goes for 'new British film makers', who are clearly over indulged by some funding body or other.