4 out of 10
Released: 28th October 2011
Director: Nirpal Bhogal
Cast: Aimee Kelly, Emma Hartley-Miller, Riann Steele, Lily Loveless, Adelayo Adedayo, Varadu Sethu, RIchie Campbell, Ashley Chin, Michael Maris and Ashley Walters
Writer: Nirpal Bhogal
Sket is one of those films I really hoped that I would like. It gives a fresh perspective on the current crop of films about gang culture and our disenfranchised and media-demonised youth. Aside from this being about a female gang as opposed to either a male or mixed gender group, there is little else to recommend about this revenge flick. A young lass from Newcastle falls in with a group of girls after moving down to London with her older sister. Her sister is swiftly dispatched to the morgue after a badly timed tussle with the local top-boy played by Ashley Walters (BULLET BOY) promptly setting in motion a tit for tat war between the two factions. Performances are generally uneven. The girl gang are wooden and unconvincing on the whole so the heavy work is largely left to Riann Steele as Ashley Walters abused but steely girl and Walters himself, who gives his character no light. Its a shame because he is a talented guy with many levels but here the script affords him no depth. He is a thug and that’s all there is too it.
I wish I could think of more to write about this predictable and heartless little film but I can’t. Usually I can recommend a film like this for strong performances or a nice script but the dialogue here is often leaden and badly delivered. The only acting on show is left to the supporting cast. The soundtrack is made up of stale Dubstep and Grime, ie; The Streets is played over a sad scene at one stage, that’s how lame this film gets. It’s now quite Dead Cert-bad, it’s just dare I say it as a reviewer, boring. Sorry.
Oh yeah, a ‘Sket’ is derogatory name for a bad girl in case you were wondering.
2 out 10 – Girl Power has never been so dull. Wasted opportunity to highlight an fresh angle.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Aimee Kelly: Wolfblood (TV)
- Lily Loveless: Set The Thames On Fire, Skins (TV), The Fades (TV)
- Riann Steele: One Crazy Thing, The Powder Room, Holby City (TV), Treacle Jr
- Emma Hartley-Miller: Sunshine On Leith, Emmerdale (TV)
- Adelayo Adedayo: Jet Trash, Gone Too Far
- Richie Campbell: The Last Photograph, Anti-Social, Montana, Get Lucky, Fast Girls, Victim, Anuvahood, Wilderness
- Ashley Chin: The Intent, Snow In Paradise, Gone Too Far, Plastic, Starred Up, Victim, Anuvahood, Cherry Tree Lane
- Michael Maris: Snow In Paradise, Gone Too Far, Victim, Anuvahood, Zebra Crossing
- Ashley Walters: Take Down, Montana, All Stars, St. George’s Day, AnuvaHood, Demons Never Die, Top Boy (TV), Speed Racer, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Life and Lyrics, Goal, Stormchaser – Alex Rider, Bullet Boy,