2.5 out of 10
Released: 9th March 2012
Director: Danny Donnelly
Cast: Adam Deacon, Leo Gregory, David Ajala, Nichola Burley, Liam Donnelly, Billy Seymour, Bronson Webb, Sir Geoff Hurst, Alex Esmail and Anna Popplewell
Trailer: PAYBACK SEASON
Not too much to report on this utterly gormless Adam Deacon (KIDULTHOOD) vehicle. His character “K” in the recent comedy Anuvahood is 100 times more streetwise than his premier league footballer on display here. After hitting the big league, Jerome thinks its time to treat his former friends from the streets to few nights out. In no time at all, ruler of the roost, Baron (David Ajala – OFFENDER) sees an opportunity to extort money out of the ever dopey Jerome. With physical threats to himself, his mother and brother who have never left the endz, what will Jerome do? How far can he be pushed by his former friends before he snaps?
Oh my days, where to begin. Any good points? Well its a nice attempt at giving the UK street gang tract a bit of a twist, but this suffers from mis-casting. Adam Deacon isn’t a bad actor by any stretch but not once was I convinced he was a professional footballer at the pinnacle of his career. A person in his position would surely be more resourceful and this kind of extortion would be nipped in the bud relatively quickly and harmlessly by members of his staff or the football club. In Payback Season the scenario is dragged out to the hilt because our lead is too dopey to realise that his brer are fleecing him. David Ajala as Baron is better cast. After a string of tiny roles in Offender and Adulthood he gets to shine as the unreadable Jerome. His large eyes and easy smile may trick someone who had been under his wing for years. His leadership qualities are easy to recognise. Elsewhere in the cast we have a mixed bag of good performances to the terrible. Leo Gregory needs to get a better agent, after his break out performance in the crappy Green Street he’s never made a bound up the ladder and judging from his shrug of a performance as disposable best friend that ascent is overdue. Sir Geoff Hurst appears as a sporting agent, why I don’t know. Useless. As for the women and Baron’s crew, they aren’t worth the typeage.
A vaguely original so-what of a movie? Adam Deacon proves himself a confident performer and with his joint and very different lead roles in this and Anuvahood I’ll continue to keep an eye out for his movies. But on the whole this is a rotten little film about leaving your past behind. Success is good. The people in your past are all jealous and will exploit you at the drop of a hat. Dubious messages. Poor movie.
One great performance from David Ajala, a competent lead role for Adam Deacon, OK idea, nice unpredictable ending, poor script and some very bad acting consign this to my ‘give away’ pile.
So first person that asks me for my copy can have the DVD for nothing.
2.5 out 10 – The lamest Britpic about football I’m yet to see.
LOOK IN THE COMMENTS BOX or BELOW for JOE PESCI II’s delightful counter review which also scores 2.5 out 1o.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Outside Bet, Anuvahood, Victim, Everywhere + Nowhere, Bonded By Blood, Shank, 4-3-2-1, Jack Falls, Adulthood, Kidulthood,Wilderness
- Leo Gregory: Apocalypse, Northmen, Top Dog, The Hooligan Factory, All Things To All Men, One In The Chamber, Wild Bill (2012), The Big I Am, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Goal 3, Stoned, Green Street
- David Ajala: Kill Command, Jupiter Ascending, Starred Up, Fast and The Furious 6, Offender, Adulthood
- Nichola Burley: Catch Me Daddy, For Those In Peril, Twenty8K, Wuthering Heights (2011), Kicks, Streetdance, Soulboy, Donkey Punch
- Billy Seymour: The Firm (2009), Chromophobia
- Bronson Webb: Victor Frankenstein, Kill Your Friends, Pan, Still Life, Pusher (2012), Game of Thrones (TV), The Disappeared, Dead Man Running, Eden Lake, Chromophobia
- Alex Esmail: Northern Soul, Essex Boys Retribution, Strippers Vs Werewolves, Attack The Block
- Anna Popplewell: Passengers (2016), The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian, Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian