Friday, 28 May 2010


' ' is directed by the BAFTA winning actor,director and writer, Noel Clarke. The film stars a mix of British and American actors and actresses such as Noel Clarke, Bashy, Shanika Warren-Markland (Adulthood), Adam Deacon (Kidulthood/Adulthood), Tamsin Egerton (St Trinians), Michelle Ryan (Eastenders), and a cameo appearance from US rapper, Eve.
After watching the trailer, I was intrigued to find out how good actually was - the trailer shows that the film had a much bigger budget than Noel's previous films (which is great) - so I had hopes of enjoying the film.

However, after watching the film (and still till this day) I still don't know whether I like the film or not!

The film focuses on a group of friends, Cassandra (Tasmin Egerton), Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland), Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) and Joanne (Emma Roberts). Each of their lives are turned upside down because of a diamond. This diamond was dropped by Dillon (played by Adam Deacon) after he bumps into the four girls whilst being chased in Westfield shopping centre. The diamond was stolen during a massive heist. This is the beginning of the storyline.

The missing diamond acts as a disruption to the equilibrium of each of the girls lives. Over three days in two cities, a series of linked events happen in the lives of the four girls. They only have one chance to restore the equilibrium in their lives. This is basically the plot of the whole film.

Noel Clarke plays the character of Tee, a dodgy supermarket supervisor who is involved in the diamond heist. He is also Joanne's boss and an associate of Kerrys' half brother, who is friends with Dillon. (I'm sure you can see the connection building......)

The storyline of the film is not amazing, but it is interesting in certain parts. At the beginning of the film you can become slightly confused as to what is happening. This is because the disruption in each of the four main characters lives are told as a separate story - think four different short films based on each of the girls, which connect with each other. But things soon fall into place once you realise what Noel is trying to achieve, however some of the editing in the film doesn't help! Also there is a small lack of realism in the film, which can throw viewers off the film totally.

I believe the lack of realism and the sense of confusion I felt watching the film has made me unsure as to whether I like it or not, but on the other hand it is a good effort on Noel's behalf as it's presentation is a lot better than his previous films.
All in all, is full of over-exaggerated action, villains, oestrogen, a poorly executed storyline, but with a polished production and a good cast, which you'll either love or hate. is out in cinemas June 2nd

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