Sugarhouse (15)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Mon Aug 20 2007

City slicker meets council estate crackhead in this would-be insightful meeting of opposites adapted by Dominic Leyton from his play ‘Collision’. Steven Mackintosh’s smart-suited Tom is obviously several zones out of his depth when he pitches up in tower-block territory to conduct a deal with Ashley Walters’ motormouth addict D, and trust’s in short supply as they negotiate the precise order of payment and delivery. Meanwhile, in a nearby flat, tattooed Loyalist headcase Andy Serkis is simmering his way towards full-scale eruption on the realisation that someone has snaffled away his snub-nosed pistol. Time to dust off the machete, then?

Thirty years ago, this would have been a BBC ‘Play for Today’, and its reliance on constant verbals and an abandoned warehouse location still suggest it might have better suited a smaller frame. As it is, although the writing’s exploration of common humanity across the social divide offers occasional worthwhile moral provocation, its evident theatricality also works against any sense of urban authenticity. Mismatches abound unfortunately, since the high-res digital camerawork merely shows up the artificiality of the blood, while first-time director Gary Love’s self-consciously arty framing seems at odds with everything else. Better surely to have kept it simple and let the actors do the heavy lifting: Walters is on good form as the wannabe-player with his self-delusion showing, and Mackintosh squirms admirably, but why nobody insisted Serkis tone down his caricature hard-nut with anger-management issues is hard to fathom. Good intentions abound but, compared to the likes of Loach, Ramsay or Oldman, this debut for ambitious production outfit Slingshot is junior-league fare. What a shame.

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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 24, 2007

Duration:

90 mins

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andy

Maybe a little preachy towards the end but still quite tense and gripping.Not brilliant but still a cut above most British gangster type movies.

Alex

This was a real surprise - loved it. Macintosh and Walters really lay their hearts open. Serkis was a revelation - genuinely disturbing. The final crane shot over the Robin Hood estate (soon for demolition I believe) as Macintosh walks out of it back to his world is moving and awesome. See it.

stewart

this grimy little film flags up everything that is wrong with this British style urban gangster movie. The performances sank under the banality of the script and direction which was nothing more than a bloodfest. Plotting crude and characterisations completly lacking in any depth so impossible to relate to. Hope the stage play it was based on was better

Andrew

It starts off well and holds the pace for most of it before getting a bit off track at the end. Enjoyed it on the TV - worth renting. sort of film you have to be in the mood for. Looks like time out werent when they saw it.

boris

Just seen this on the tv last night, it was the best film i have seen all year.......and i watch a lot of films. Surprised by the low reviews this has previously received. Excellent, go watch it.

boris

Just seen this on the tv last night, it was the best film i have seen all year.......and i watch a lot of films. Surprised by the low reviews this has previously received. Excellent, go watch it.

James Morgan

Don't go to see this expecting gritty social realism, because it's the opposite of that. A moral story without much of a moral. A pity that one should have lower expectations of a film's dialogue for knowing that it was once a play - but this rule of thumb is borne out here. Mackintosh and Leyton's protracted confessionals in the latter half of the film are downright painful, and just not convincing. Although it's probably fair to say it starts well.

db

Excellent performances, and beautiful cinematography make a mockery of this films paltry £250K budget. Punches well above it's weight. See it now.

db

Excellent performances, and beautiful cinematography make a mockery of this films paltry £250K budget. Punches well above it's weight. See it now.

mooseburns

I agree that the acting was extremely good. I think the close-up camera shots added to the intensity of the film and Andy Serkis was downright scary! This was much more than just the usual UK urban thriller, it was easy to understand where all the characters were coming from.

mooseburns

I agree that the acting was extremely good. I think the close-up camera shots added to the intensity of the film and Andy Serkis was downright scary! This was much more than just the usual UK urban thriller, it was easy to understand where all the characters were coming from.