1.5 out 10
Release Date: 1st October 2012
Director: David Kew & Neil Thompson
Cast: Parminder Nagra, Jonas Armstrong, Michael Socha, Kaya Scodelario, Gregg Chillin, Nichola Burley, Sebastian Nanena, Bhasker Patel, Pal Aron, Melanie Hill, Alex Lanipekun with Kierston Wareing and Stephen Dillane
Writer: James Dowdall & Paul Abbott
Plot Spoiler alert***
Enter the dumbest detective story I’ve seen in decades, Twenty8K. The number of implausibilities outnumber anything resembling reality at an alarming ratio. This is one of those annoying thrillers written by people that haven’t even taken the time to do a minutes research. Police procedural is ignored, continuity errors are legion and the true villain of the piece is easy to spot despite massive efforts to conceal their identity. A heroine with no background in investigations comes across like Alex Cross and has the uncanny ability to open doors without keys, turn invisible by screwing her eyes shut and can travel across London in seconds. Damn this was crap. Right to the plot.
Deeva (PARMINDER NAGRA – BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) returns from her fashion designer job in Paris to give her family support when her younger brother, Vipon (SEBASTIAN NANENA) gets arrested for murdering a fellow gang member. Club owner, Ricky (GREGG CHILLIN – 188.8.131.52) accidentally tapes the shooting but won’t come forward with the truth because it endangers his drug selling trade links. The police have their own reasons for keeping Vipon locked up on a trumped up charge. Various plot knots involving high level police doubling as pimps and a blackmail plot entangling Vipon’s girlfriend (KAYA SCODELARIO – WUTHERING HEIGHTS). Police boss, Stephen Dillane (44 INCH CHEST) and drug king pin, Danny (MICHAEL SOCHA – THIS IS ENGLAND) will do anything to stop Deeva’s incessant and dogmatic investigating. Bodies pile up and Deeva faces the likelihood that her brother is going to go down for a crime he never committed. She only has one friend who believes in her and that’s the suspiciously underused but second-billed Jonas Armstrong (ROBIN HOOD: TV) who shows up as the manager of the Youth Centre. He also happens to live a mansion designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and drives a sports car with doors that go up. Oh yeah, who is the mysterious figure in a cloak and goggles seen at the scene of the shooting and at a later hit and run? Scratch your chin hair. I kept on wishing, Ricky would just blow the whistle and submit the footage to the newspaper but no he doesn’t. Doors get kicked in by Deeva, a fat security guard gets tricked with fake eyelash batting (twice), she can find hospital records in seconds on unprotected computers (no passwords???). And so it goes without feeling the need to entertain or thrill at any turn. I’ve never seen a more lacklustre detective mystery. Accomplished actors go through the motions but it’s yet another example of a wasted opportunity.
1.5 out of 10 – It gets 1.5 for some committed performances but this film is ill-thought out. Badly plotted and beyond boring. Did a well connected 8 year old write this? I think the screenplay may have been written in crayon and felt-tips. Lazy and plain dog sh*t.
WHAT HAVE IS SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Parminder Nagra: Postman Pat (voice), Horrid Henry, ER (TV), Bend It Like Beckham
- Jonas Armstrong: The Edge of Tomorrow, Robin Hood (TV) (2010)
- Michael Socha: This Is England ’90 (TV), Svengali, Being Human (TV), Spike Island, Shank, This Is England 88 (TV), This Is England 86 (TV), Better Things, Cut, Summer, This Is England,
- Kaya Scodelario: Tiger House, Maze Runner 2, Maze Runner, Skins (TV), Now Is Good, Wuthering Heights (2011), Shank, Moon
- Gregg Chillin: DaVinci’s Demons (TV), 4-3-2-1
- Nichola Burley: Catch Me Daddy, Svengali, For Those In Peril, Payback Season, Kicks, Wuthering Heights (2011), Streetdance, Soulboy, Donkey Punch
- Bhasker Patel: Devil Baby, Gone Too Far, The Man Inside (2012), Junkhearts, Anuvahood, Kidulthood, Twin Town, My Son The Fanatic, Brothers In Trouble, Wild West
- Pal Aron: Marvellous, About Time, The Bill (TV), Casualty (TV), Coronation Street (TV)
- Melanie Hill: Bread (TV), The Bill (TV), Shopping, The Hawk, Stardust, Brassed Off, When Saturdays Come, Auf Wierdesen Pet (TV)
- Alex Lanipekun: #Legacy, Spooks (TV)
- Kierston Wareing: The Habit of Beauty, A Hundred Streets, Let Me Survive, The Liability, Fall Of The Essex Boys, Eastenders (TV), Love Bite, Bonded By Blood, The Holding, Four, Fish Tank, Rise Of The Foot soldier
- Stephen Dillane: Game of Thrones (TV), Zero Dark Thirty, Papadopoulos and Sons, Perfect Sense, 44 Inch Chest, Goal II, Goal, King Arthur (2004), The Hours, The Truth About Charlie, Spy Game, The Parole Officer, The Darkest Light, Hamlet (1990)