Saturday, 22 August 2009

Film Review: THE CREW (2008)

Director: Adrian Vitoria
Running time: 118 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18

Watched on Sky+ Saturday 22nd August 2009.


This is an interesting film, set in Liverpool about a ‘crew’, or a criminal gang. Run by Ged Brennan, they are an old-school gang who deal mainly in robberies, particularly truck hijackings. The film, although very violent at times, I found quite intriguing, I could engage with the characters and actually felt some sympathy for Ged when he is conned out of some cash. So, it’s quite well written and there are some good performances. More on that later, I’ll give you a bit of an overview of the plot first.

Ged Brennan and his ‘crew’ are planning a job, not knowing that Ged’s psychotic brother ‘Ratter’ and his side-kick ‘Paul the Hom’ have plans of their own. They have just killed one of the city’s main drug dealers and want financial backing to move into his former territory. Ged refuses, but keeps ‘Ratter’ on his crew. ‘Ratter’ eventually makes a deal with ‘Lepi’, the leader of a Serbian crew in the city. Part of that deal is to give ‘Lepi’ his brother & his brother’s territory. There a quite a few sub-plots going on around this, some of which are quite interesting, but I’ll let you watch the film for yourself to find those out.

As I said at the beginning, quite an interesting film, some great cinematography and the use of music throughout I found pretty good. Well written, well directed and some good performances, in particular, Scot Williams as Ged Brennan (although I felt he was a bit young for the role), Kenny Doughty as Ratter, Rory McCann as Moby, Stephen Graham as Franner and Cordelia Bugeja as Debs (Ged’s wife). Honourable mentions go to Philip Olivier as Paul the Hom, Rosie Fellner as Pamela Thompson and Raza Jaffrey as Keith Thompson. Over all, a pretty good effort although I did find the plot was a little over complicated at times.

My score: 6.5/10

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