3 out of 10
Release Date: 21st March 2011 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Paul Tanter: ( No Easy Days (TV) / He Who Dares 2 / Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3 / Shame The Devil / The Hooligan Wars / He Who Dares / Essex Boys Retribution / White Collar Hooligan 2 / Fall of the Essex Boys / Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan)
Cast: Simon Phillips, Tamer Hassan, Olivia Hallinan, Dexter Fletcher, Alan Ford, Doug Bradley, Peter Barrett, Sebastian Street, Dominic Burns, Rita Ramnani, Zach Galligan with Adam Deacon, Neil Maskell, Martin Kemp and Jason Flemyng
Writer: Paul Tanter & Simon Phillips
Trailer: JACK FALLS
Jack Falls is the third part in a trilogy that began with Jack Says in 2007 and Jack Said in 2009. They follow the trail of a deep undercover police detective called Jack Adleth (SIMON PHILLIPS – THE LAST SEVEN) who does very little detection. Jack sports a weak attempt at a Scots accent , a crummy leather jacket and a bit of midriff for a cop who’s called upon to do a lot of running away. So here we are the third and final part of his story. Part one saw him framed for murdering Mr Big played by the late Mike Reid (EASTENDERS) and getting embroiled in a tale of double cross in the French capital involving a Parisian chanteuse called Miss X and a gangster lesbian played Rula Lenska (GYPO). Oh yes, this was the one were he was an amnesiac too with only a polaroid showing a pair of tits on it as clue to his identity (plot screwiness – but I do love boobs!) If we weren’t bored to death enough with the shenanigans, Jack Said, the sequel takes us even further back in time to find how he ended up in this situation. Unfortunately, Mike Reid had passed on so we have an extra’s hands and archive dialogue to make do with. There are some improvements to be seen in this still clunky sequel. We are even relieved for once to see Danny Dyer (THE AGE OF HEROES) in a supporting role as the only man Jack trusts, and the always reliable Terry Stone (SHANK) shows up to snarl his arse for a scene or two. Otherwise, this trundles along much the same way as the first instalment. Which brings us to the cameo packed third part.
Now part one and two were shot in the style of Sin City for the flashback scenes. Black and white cinematography prompted with a splash of colour here and there. Part three uses this gimmick throughout. Its executed without any flare, as it was in Sin City. Here random colours pop up and useless objects like girders are coloured in for no reason other than to pretty things up. The colours in Sin City and The Spirit were used to signify emotions and character. Thats been ignored here. It’s not all bad. Although the direction and performances are livelier and there’s a bigger budget the central problem is Simon Phillips central performance. It’s let down by a weak accent, a lack of motivation and he makes too lumbering and slow a performer to convince in this role. At best he’s a variable actor. he’s better in smaller roles or in an ensemble. For instance, he’s well cast in The Rise & Fall Of The White Collar Hooligan, he’s good value in Airborne (2012) and very funny in Strippers Vs. Werewolves but borderline terrible or lacklustre in The Last Seven and The Reverend (2012). No one really cares about Jack Adleth three times. It’s taken two really weak films to arrive at something just about watchable with Jack Falls. This is assisted by a well cast Tamer Hassan (FREERUNNER) as the corrupt chief of police (who was played by David O’Hara in part two). He’s restrained and menacing throughout up until a stupid climax where he overcooks it a bit. Dexter Fletcher (DOOM) is also good as a trustworthy cop looking out for Jack. Maybe Dead Cert was a bad performance blip! Alan Ford (THE SWEENEY MOVIE) turns up as the other big bad and replays his Brick Top schtick from Snatch that he does so well, so no complaints here, but he has aged a lot since being played by Terry Stone in part 2! (Have I got this right?) I’ve got to say hello Jason Flemyng (SHIFTY) who has turned up in too many of these types of films for a pointless camoes. He’s about the only person here that still has a Hollywood career with a pulse. I think he’s trying to enter the Guinness Book Of Records for appearing in the most films with the same actor, Dexter Fletcher (Can you name them?) Who’s winning? Hassan & Dyer vs Flemyng & Fletcher? I digress hopelessly, to the plot. Poor Jack is not only hiding out from the police and East End gangsters he’s also haunted by a trio of ghosts that include a palid spectre called Sid (NEIL MASKELL – PUSHER) who tells him to shoot everyone, a ghost of a psychologist with a knife played with relish by Martin Kemp (THE KRAYS) and I won’t say who the third spook is because it gives away a crucial death. They do little to add any rhyme or reason to the proceedings. Adam Deacon (4-3-2-1) is also in the mix somewhere as one of Alan Ford‘s foot soldiers. He does well with the scraps he’s given. A snigger of class is on hand whenever Doug Bradley‘s (THE REVEREND – 2012) dodgy Amsterdam doctor is onscreen but again he’s just one in a procession of well acted yet toothless cameos.
Also annoying for fans of this trilogy of crap is a defiant lack of respect for continuity. Actors swap roles between episodes, Dominic Burns (JACK SAID) thats you. Even the heroine from part two’s hair grows about a foot in two minutes and is now played by a better actress (OLIVIA HALLINAN – SUGAR RUSH TV) . Why not use archive footage as the makers did in part 2? Actually who cares? It just made the film needlessly confusing for the wrong reasons. I didn’t actually care about the through plot enough to care or get confused anymore. Hahaha….
So a mixed bag but mostly an exercise in remaking the same film three times until the makers got it right. Jack Falls is the best by a long way but this is very very faint praise because Jacks Says and Said are both completely duff. Better acting, better actors, better cinematography and better pacing still haven’t resulted in a good film.
3 out of 10 – You know you’re in trouble when its Tamer Hassan who puts in the best lead performance in a movie. But it’s true. A larger budget improvement on the piss poor Sin City film noir rip-offs Jack Says and Jack Said. But that’s not saying much. Part four should be called JOG ON, JACK.
NOW READ JOE PESCI II’s concluding review which is almost as epic as the trilogy itself!
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Simon Phillips: No Easy Days (TV), The Rapture, The Disappearance of Lenka Wood, The Last Scout, He Who Dares 2, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Wars, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, 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, The Reverend (2012), Offender, Bonded By Blood, Ghosted, How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Said, Jack Says, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Stagger, Risen, Cut
- Tamer Hassan: Robot Overlords, The Hooligan Factory, Diamond Heist, The Double (2012), Freerunner, The Reverend (2012), Bonded By Blood, Kick Ass, The Hike, Dead Man Running, The Last Seven, Sucker Punch (2008), Goal 3, City Rats, Cass, Beyond The Rave, Eastern Promises, The Business, The Football Factory, The Calcium Kid
- Olivia Hallinan: Sugar Rush (TV)
- Dexter Fletcher: Eddie The Eagle (dir), Age of Kill, The Coven, Muppets Most Wanted, Sunshine On Leith (dir), St. George’s Day, Cockneys Vs. Zombies, Wild Bill (2012) (dir), The Three Musketeers (2011), Everywhere + Nowhere, Kick Ass, Dead Cert, Baseline, In Your Dreams, Stardust, Below, Layer Cake, Doom, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, The Rachel Papers, The Raggedy Rawney, Caravaggio, Press Gang (TV),
- Neil Maskell: Hyena, High Rise, Dates (TV), Utopia (TV), The Rise, All Things To All Men, Pusher (2012), Turnout, Ghosted, St. George’s Day, Piggy, Kill List, Wild Bill (2012), Bonded By Blood, How To Stop Being a Loser, Paintball, Doghouse, Rise Of The Footsoldier, It’s All Gone Pete Tong, The Football Factory
Alan Ford: The Smoke, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Cockneys Vs. Zombies, The Sweeney Movie, Airborne (2012), Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Jack Falls, Dead Man Running, The Exorcist – The Beginning, Snatch, Lock Stock & Two Smoking
- Doug Bradley: The 4th Reich, Shame The Devil, Wrong Turn 5, The Reverend (2012), Umbrage- The First Vampire, Ten Dead Men (voice), The Cottage, An Ideal Husband, Hellraiser 4, Proteus, Hellraiser 3, Hellraiser 2, Hellraiser
- Zach Galligan: Hatchet III, Cut, Prince Valiant, Cyborg 3: The Creation, Waxwork 2, Zandalee, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Waxwork, Gremlins
- Dominic Burns: Allies (dir), Airborne (2012), Strippers Vs Werewolves, The Reverend (2012), Jack Said, Cut
- Peter Barrett: Devil’s Tower, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Factory, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall Of The Essex Boys, UFO (2013), GBH, The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan , Airborne (2012), Ghosted, Jack Falls
- Sebastian Street: Age of Kill, Airborne (2012), Victim, The Age Of Heroes, The Last Seven, Stag Night Of The Dead
- Rita Ramnani: The Last Scout, A Dark Reflection, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, Abducted, He Who Dares, White Collar Hooligan 2, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne (2012), Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Jack Falls, Jack Said, Jack Says, How To Stop Being a Loser, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Stagger, Umbrage- The First Vampire
- Adam Deacon: Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Outside Bet, Victim, Payback Season,AnuvaHood, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Wilderness, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Wilderness
- Martin Kemp: The Rapture, Age of Kill, Assassin (2015), Top Dog (dir), Strippers Vs Werewolves, Stalker (dir), How To Stop Being a Loser, Eastenders (TV), Back In Business, Paper Marriage, Daydream Believer, The Krays
- Jason Flemyng: Gemma Bovery, Top Dog, Sunshine On Leith, Welcome To The Punch, I Give It a Year, The Great Expectations (2012), Wild Bill (2012), X Men-First Class, Hanna, Solomon Kane, Kick Ass, Ironclad, Dead Cert, The Riddle, Shifty, Clash Of The Titans, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mirrors, Stardust, Rollin With The Nines, Transporter 2, Layer Cake, Below, Mean Machine, The Bunker, Snatch, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,The Red Violin, The Hollow Reed, Deep Rising, Spice World, Alive & Kicking (1996), Deep Rising, Stealing Beauty, The Jungle Book (1994)