2.5 out of 10
Release Date: 15th March 2013 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Menhaj Huda (Everywhere + Nowhere / Kidulthood)
Cast: Jacob Anderson, Jessica Barden, Calum MacNab, Duane Henry, Sophie Stuckey with Adam Deacon and Geoff Bell
Writer: Steve Kendall
The biggest disappointment in Comedown is Adam Deacon‘s truly terrible performance. After good turns in Anuvahood, Everywhere + Nowhere, Victim and Outside Bet he reverts to the over the top, mouthy dick head characters that established him as one-to-watch in Kidulthood and Adulthood. But those films are old now. And in those films his character was in context. In Comedown he has all the character shading as Bugs Bunny, only uglier and mouthier.
The other main disappointment is that great production values and the sinister look of the movie go to waste on a plot that is as standard and as unthrilling as a thriller can be allowed. Several kids venture into a derelict high rise housing block to assemble an aerial for a local pirate radio station. The only problem is they get locked in and picked off gruesomely by a mysterious, faceless creature / man / ghost? Borrrring! Yes, the film just plods along as each of the disposable yet annoying pricks get murdered in supposedly creative ways.
Among the cast are a few actors who should have known better than to give this project the swerve. We’ve got Jacob Anderson (OFFENDER), who popped up in the equally dopey but slightly better Demons Never Die, as the gang leader. We also have talented newcomer Jessica Barden (IN THE DARK HALF) who has been so good in other movies, wasted here as a tart with an inexplicable Devonshire accent. Anderson’s heavily pregnant girlfriend (yes it’s her that gets taken hostage!) Sophie Stuckey (THE DARK) just gets to beg for her life and cry hysterically and the group is made of up of plank Callum MacNab (OUTSIDE BET), slow coach, man child Duane Henry and said motormouth douchebag Adam Deacon.
The big bad just gets to stalk around in a rain mac and put the end to most of the above’s pointless lives. This is done to zero scary of thrilling effect. This is surprising because a lot of money has been spent on making the film “look” and “sound” great. It’s just a shame it’s such a dull and empty experience. The ending has some original points to make about surviving ordeals like they’ve lived through. I mean how do you explain away the carnage if you’re a good for nothing dirt bag with no future, who’s already known to the police?
2.5 out of 10 – A good feel for place and sound elevates the whole film above the bottom of the pile. But the acting is OK to terrible and the plot is very very boring. Being a slasher flick that’s inexcusable I’m afraid.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Jacob Anderson: Game of Thrones (TV), Broadchurch (TV), Offender, Demons Never Die, Chatroom, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood
- Jessica Barden: Far From The Madding Crowd (2015), In The Dark Half, Hanna, Tamara Drewe
- Calum MacNab: Outside Bet, Just For The Record, The Firm (2009)
- Duane Henry: Montana
- Sophie Stuckey: The Dark
- Adam Deacon: To Dream, Montana, Babylon (TV), Outside Bet, Victim, Payback Season,AnuvaHood, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Jack Falls, Everywhere + Nowhere, 4-3-2-1, Adulthood, Kidulthood, Wilderness
- Geoff Bell: Suffragette, Kingsman – The Secret Service, Storage 24, The Reeds, Comes a Bright Day, War Horse, Brighton Rock (2011), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Route Irish, Solomon Kane, Mercenaries, Just For The Record, Wild Target (2010), The Heavy, Freebird, Love Me Still, Tormented, Green Street, The Business, Mean Machine