4 out of 10
Released: 3 September 2010
Cast: Tamer Hassan, Vincent Regan, Terry Stone, Adam Deacon, Neil Maskell, Dave Legeno, Simon Phillips, Johnny Palmiero, Robert Fucilla with Chris Ellison and Kierston Wareing
Writer: Sascha Bennett & Graeme Muir
Trailer: BONDED BY BLOOD
The fascination with the infamous “Rettendon Landrover Murders” by the UK film industry makes this the third go around in under ten years. First there was The Essex Boys starring Sean Bean and then the case was covered again to some degree in Rise Of The Foot Soldier. The latter even features a few of the same actors. Three times lucky is more a case of twice too many this time. Bonded By Blood plods a very well trodden path, one that wallows in excess and false hero worship. The unsolved murders of three high profile Essex hard men is an intriguing brew and we get a look behind the curtain at what these men may have been like to know. Unfortunately, there are few insights shined upon in a script littered with the word c*nt and poorly executed fight / action scenes. Fans of Tamer Hassan (THE FOOTBALL FACTORY) won’t be disappointed with his unhinged drug hoover who seems to be in competition with a very energetic Terry Stone (ROLLIN’ WITH THE NINES) to see how much stage cocaine they can stick up their noses. I don’t doubt the authenticity involved but the pacing and plotting make it a thoroughly pointless exercise. Top billing Vincent Regan (300) doesn’t seem to know where he is, I’ve seen phoned in performances but never in the driving seat. Adam Deacon (4-3-2-1) should stick to playing angry teenagers, he seems out of depth and his stature make him an unconvincing gangster. He fares better in the recent his self-penned and directed Anuvahood. It would seem he’s got a real flare for comedy. Bonded By Blood gets a few points for Neil Maskell (GHOSTED) who is thoroughly horrible and on point as one of the three murder victims. Everytime he gets a scene the film picks up. Hopefully after Kill List he gets to leave this kind of boring gangster crap behind. Still its streets ahead quality wise, acting wise and script wise than the scrappy Fall Of The Essex Boys, which is true waste of time. But both of these films only serve to make Rise Of The Footsoldier appear to be more of a classic than it really is.
Fairly competent then, but pedestrian beyond belief. It makes you wonder why they tackled a story thats been done twice already and better. I think it’s a lack of imagination.
2.5 out 10 – Gangsters have never made me feel so sleepy.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Tamer Hassan: Breakdown (2016), Robot Overlords, The Hooligan Factory, Diamond Heist, The Double (2012), Freerunner, The Reverend (2012), The Hike, Kick Ass, Dead Man Running, The Last Seven, Jack Falls, Goal 3, City Rats, Sucker Punch (2008), Cass, The Ferryman, Beyond The Rave (TV), Eastern Promises, The Business, The Football Factory, The Calcium Kid
- Vincent Regan: The Last Photograph, London Heist, Top Dog, Vendetta, St. George’s Day, Outside Bet, Snow White & The Huntsman, Lock Out, Ghost Rider 2, The Holding, The Big I Am, 300, Hard Men
- Terry Stone: Fanged Up, Away, Bonded By Blood 2, Plastic, Saving Santa (voice), Get Lucky, Outside Bet, Anuvahood, The Holding, Shank, Ten Dead Men, The Big I Am, Jack Said, Doghouse, Rise Of The Foot Soldier, Unarmed and Dangerous, Rollin’ With The Nines, Hell To Pay
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Outside Bet, Victim, Payback Season, AnuvaHood, Shank, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Wilderness
- Neil Maskell: In Darkness, Bone In the Throat, Level Up, High-Rise, Hyena, Humans (TV), Open Windows, Evil Never Dies, The Rise, Utopia (TV), Pusher (2012), Turnout, Ghosted, St. George’s Day, Piggy, The ABCs of Death, Kill List, Wild Bill (2012), Bonded By Blood, Tony, How To Stop Being a Loser, Jack Falls, Doghouse, Rise Of The Footsoldier, It’s All Gone Pete Tong, The Football Factory, Nil By Mouth
- Dave Legeno: Sword of Vengeance, Last Knights, The Incident, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows- part 1 & 2, Centurion, Dead Cert, The Cottage, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Hell To Pay, Snatch
- Simon Phillips: Dystopia (TV), The Last Scout, No Easy Days (TV), He Who Dares 2, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Shame The Devil, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, The Hooligan Wars, He Who Dares, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of the Essex Boys, UFO (2013), The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne, The Reverend (2012), Ghosted, Offender,How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Says, Jack Said, Jack Falls, Stagger, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Risen, Cut
- Johnny Palmiero: Collide, Rise of the Footsoldier 2, Age of Kill, We Still Kill The Old Way, Top Dog, The Kid (2010), Green Street
- Robert Fucilla: The Contract (2016), The Magnificent Eleven, Mercenaries, Shank, Pimp, The Big I Am
- Chris Ellison: Tango One, We Still Steal The Old Way, Bonded By Blood 2, Mob Handed, Celebrity Big Brother (TV), We Still Kill The Old Way, Basement, The Bill (TV), Buster
- Kierston Wareing: The Habit of Beauty, 100 Streets, Eastenders (TV), The Liability, Fall Of The Essex Boys, Love Bite, Twenty8K, Bonded By Blood, The Holding, Four, Fish Tank, Rise Of The Footsoldier