7 out of 10
Release Date: 2nd Of June 2010
Director: Noel Clarke (The Anomaly / Adulthood) & Mark Davis
Cast: Emma Roberts, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Kevin Smith, Eve, Mandy Patinkin, Sean Pertwee, Kate Magowan, Ben Miller, Camille Coduri, Ashley Thomas, Alexander Siddig, Gregg Chillin, Helen McCrory, Susannah Fielding, Jacob Anderson, Freddie Stroma, Adam Gillen, Linzey Cocker with Ben Drew and Michelle Ryan
Writer: Noel Clarke
It’s like Pulp Fiction never happened. Four parallel timelines spin out, UK ghetto style, a four girlfriends get caught up a tangle of adventures that involve stolen diamonds, Pringles, piano lessons, Kevin Smith from Clerks, girls talking about the size of director Noel Clarke’s (STAR TREK 2) dick, and Adam Deacon (MONTANA) in a non-shouty role. It’s great fun if you like this kind of fast moving, action packed, ultra modern thriller comedy. At the time of release the film felt like ti was very ‘of it’s time’ but finally writing my review after a second viewing five years later little has changed in the UK market of films catering for the ‘yoot’. We have all the modern trappings of an attractive, young cast of lead actresses, who are surrounded by a mix of quality supporting actors and ugly-beautiful male actors.
The film felt epic and labyrinth on the first pass but on second viewing the miagician shows his hand and despite it’s glossy cinematography it’s still Hackney masquerading as Hollywood. Each of the four plotlines are lead by a different girl played by a quartet of beauties: we have the American Emma Roberts (SCREAM 4) (niece of Julia, daughter of Eric) as a store cashier who gets involved in her managers shady diamond fencing deal, there’s Ophelia Lovibond’s (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) depressive, who is on the run from a female assassin whilst navigating the choppy waters of her parent’s divorce, there’s Tamsin Egerton (GRAND PIANO) who is going to lose her virginity to her online lover (whom she’s never met) in New York and Shanika Warren-Markland (GONE TOO FAR) gets slim pickings as a lesbian locked in a panic room. Each time line evolves to take in some interesting adventures that also come with dose of ‘kitchen-sink’ drama. The film has two directors but this schizophrenic personality disorder doesn’t ruin the enjoyment.
4-3-2-1 looks and feels professional enough and entertaining enough to reward repeat viewing which is an extreme rarity in it’s field. Considering that one of it’s writer / directors have gone on to serve up a huge quanitity of crap, yes Noel Clarke that’s you, it’s rare praise indeed for one of the vainest so-called talents working in UK cinema today (check out The Anomaly and wonder how that ego-crapper was allowed to come to pass).
7 out 10 – The very best of the ghetto youth action dramas? Nearly.
REVIEW BELOW by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Emma Roberts: Palo Alto, We’re The Millers, The Art Of Getting By, Scream 4, Valentine’s Day, Wild Child, Nancy Drew, Hotel For Dogs
- Ophelia Lovibond: Man Up, Guardians of The Galaxy, 8 Minutes Idle, Mr Popper’s Penguins, Turnout, Chatroom, London Boulevard, Nowhere Boy
- Tamsin Egerton: Grimsby, Queen and Country, Love Rosie, Grand Piano, The Look Of Love, Chalet Girl, Huge, St.Trinians 1 & 2, Keeping Mum, Driving Lessons
- Shanika Warren-Markland: Gone Too Far, Demons Never Die, Victim, Adulthood,
- Noel Clarke: The Anomaly, I Am Soldier, Star Trek 2, The Knot, Huge, Heartless, Sex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll, Storage 24, Fast Girls, Centurion, Screwed (2011), Doghouse, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Auf Wierdesen Pet (TV), Dr Who (TV)
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Comedown, Outside Bet, Victim, Payback Season,AnuvaHood, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood, Kidulthood
- Kevin Smith: Mallrats 2, Clerks 3, Red State (dir), Die Hard 4, Fanboys, Clerks 2, Southland Tales, Daredevil, Scream 3, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mall Rats, Clerks
- Eve: Whip It, The Woodsman, Barbershop, xXx
- Mandy Patinkin: Homeland (TV), The Music Of Chance, The Doctor, Dick Tracey, The Princess Bride, Alien Nation
- Sean Pertwee: Howl (2015), Gotham (TV), Alan Partridge – Alpha Papa, The Seasoning House, Jo (TV), The Magnificent Eleven, UFO (2013), St. George’s Day, Wild Bill (2012), Four, 4-3-2-1, Devil’s Playground, Just For The Record, Botched, Doomsday, Mutant Chronicles, Dangerous Parking, Goal II, Goal, Equilibrium, Dog Soldiers, The 51st State, Soldier, Love Honour & Obey, Cold Feet (TV), Event Horizon, Blue Juice, I.D, Shopping, Dirty Weekend, Leon The Pig Farmer
- Kate Magowan: Plastic, Eastenders (TV), Fall Of The Essex Boys, Outside Bet, Elfie Hopkins, A Lonely Place To Die, Screwed (2011), Stardust, Kidulthood, It’s All Gone Pete Tong
- Ben Miller: What We Did On Our Holiday, Huge (dir), Razzle Dazzle, The Prince and Me, Johnny English, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, Birthday Girl, Primeval (TV), The Parole Officer
- Camille Coduri: Dr Who (TV), The Firm (2009), Love Me Still, The Business, King Ralph, Nuns On The Run, Strapless, Hawks, A Prayer For The Dying
- Gregg Chillin: Twenty8K
- Ashley Thomas: A Hundred Streets, My Brother The Devil, Cockney’s Vs. Zombies, The Man Inside (2012), Shank, The Veteran
- Alexander Siddig: Game of Thrones (TV), The Fifth Estate, Clash of The Titans (2010), Miral, Syriana, Doomsday, Kingdom Of Heaven, Reign Of Fire, Vertical Limit, Star Trek – Deep Space Nine (TV),
- Helen McCrory: A Little Chaos, Bill, The Woman In Black 2, Peaky Blinders (TV), Flying Blind, James Bond – Skyfall, We’ll Take Manhattan, Hugo, The Fantastic Mr Fox (voice),Harry Potter – 6,7 & 8, The Queen, Flashbacks Of a Fool, Becoming Jane, Enduring Love, Charlotte Gray, The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002), Dad Savage, The James Gang,
- Ben Drew: The Sweeney, Ill Manors (director), Turnout, Harry Brown, Adulthood
- Susannah Fielding: The Knot, Kill Keith
- Jacob Anderson: Comedown, Offender, Demons Never Die, Chatroom, Adulthood
- Freddie Stroma: The Inbetweeners 2, Pitch Perfect, Harry Potter – 6,7 & 8
- Adam Gillen: We Are The Freaks, Benidorm (TV)
- Linzey Cocker: Enemies Closer, Waterloo Road (TV), Salvage, Is Anybody There?, Wild Child
- Michelle Ryan: Cockneys Vs. Zombies, The Man Inside (2012), Cleanskin, Huge, Love’s Kitchen, Cashback, Wonder Woman (TV), Eastenders (TV)