1 out of 10
Release Date: 24th February 2012
Director: J K Amalou (Assassin (2015))
Cast: Danny Dyer and Anna Walton
Writer: J K Amalou
It breaks my heart to bring news of an all-time low in the film career of Danny Dyer (DEAD CERT). You will struggle to find a worse portrayal of severe mental illness in the movies beyond the one he parades here in Deviation.
Pity poor Anna Walton (THE MUTANT CHRONICLES) who plays a nurse called Amber that gets kidnapped by a psychotic homicidal maniac called Frank who is on the run from Broadmoor prison. She struggles bravely with an underwritten role that is every bit as schizophrenic as her abductor’s. Killing time before an early morning rendezvous (a private plane to Belgium), Frank seemingly keeps Amber alive for entertainment purposes. Wish he’d have thought to entertain us too. The plodding and boring story sees them drive around South London’s back streets, including Frank’s old manor for what seems like a decade. He even gets to murder an old acquaintance in the process. Actually, he kills about four or five people including a ‘fan’ who has been following his progress via news raido bulletins. Sounds half-entertaining, right? Wrong again. Frank’s victims are despatched left right and centre with no lustre or style. This coincides all the while with Frank trying to convince Amber that he’s a great bloke deep down – he just has headaches. He attempts to convince her how nice he is by having frequent stops at late night supermarkets for bags of chocolate bars and fizzy pop. Her attempts at escape are half-arsed and laughable. Frank is so dim-witted that even a four year old could leave him in the dust. At various stages, our heroine fucks up about twelve escape attempts and yet she still doesn’t get her head sawn off (an Algerian Smile) with Frank’s Bic razor.
So sadly, this turns out NOT to be the career defining break out role the DVD / Movie poster boldly claims. It’s hard to remember a thriller so un-thrilling. It’s a very long journey back to the comparative heights of his early career. Is Mr Dyer alone to blame. Of course not. It’s all crap.
The script has got a lot to answer for, here’s the best line. It occurs when Frank is describing his lack of luck with women. It goes “Her pussy disappeared so quickly. Like a rabbit down a fucking hole!” With dialogue that rotten there’s no hope. The film limps to an equally limp conclusion which is identical to any number of thrillers of this ilk. Where as in most of the American versions the baddie plunges to their doom off a cliff top or a roof, we get a slow lack-lustre, gloomy no-budget equivalent with Frank being pushed over into some mud. So when I noticed the poster shouting ‘The Nightmare Has Just Begun!’ – I could tell that the makers are right about one thing, there would be sleep involved.
1 out of 10 – At least the next Danny Dyer film, no matter how bad it is,will have a serious challenge ahead to be worse than this. This is the bounce-back point. What we need is a comeback. And make it sharpish, please!!!
REVIEW BELOW BY Joe Pesci II
**Ed’s note – He out rottened Deviation with Basement!**
JK Amalou & Danny Dyer have teamed up for a second crack at making a movie – Assassin for 2015. oh F*ck.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Danny Dyer: The Rapture, Eastenders (TV), Assassin (2015), The Hooligan Factory, Vendetta, Run For Your Wife, Lemon La Vida Loca (TV), Plebs (TV), Freerunner, The Age Of Heroes, 7Lives, Basement, Pimp, Malice In Wonderland, Just For The Record, Dead Man Running, Dead Cert, The Devil’s Playground,Jack Said, City Rats, Doghouse, Adulthood, Straightheads, Outlaw (2007), Severance, The Other Half, Borstal Boy, The Business, The Football Factory, Wasp (short), Mean Machine, High Heels and Low Lifes, Goodbye Charlie Bright, Greenfingers, The Trench, Human Traffic
- Anna Walton: Soulmate, The Seasoning House, Hellboy 2, The Mutant Chronicles