2.5 out of 10
Release Date: Oct 2007 (DVD Premiere)
Cast: Glenn Salvage, Maye Choo, Steve Lawson, Jim Clossick, Kevin Gash, Chris Jones and Fidel Nanton
Writer: Steve Lawson
Trailer: THE SILENCER
The Silencer is pretty old now but seeing as Joe Pesci II and I are going through a Glenn Salvage phase (and we think we’re unique in saying that) we noticed we’d been remiss in not giving director Steve Lawson‘s debut the double review treatment. So here it is a belated review for perhaps one of our favourite film turds of all time.
The wonderfully blank Glenn Salvage (LEFT FOR DEAD) stars as the titular Silencer after he’s betrayed by his fellow cops during an ambush on a local drug dealer, Sirrus Rook (CHRIS JONES). Left for dead (again) after being shot 88 times, he’s told that he’ll never recover the ability to speak ever again. On trying to rejoin society, his old boss takes pity on him and gives him a derelict house to live in. Elsewhere his fiancee (MAYE CHOO) has moved in with his corrupt ex-partner, (STEVE LAWSON). For some reason the Silencer decides to become a street vigilante (garbed up in a crash helmet with a dark visor and a leather jacket). First up on his ‘silencing list’ is the oddly named Kevin Gash (who’s performance is, funnily enough, gash) as the leader of a gang of drug peddlers (linked to Steve Lawson’s girl stealing bent-cop). Kevin Gash’s delivery is inspired and memorably terrible but he gets his comeuppance in style. Anyway, The Silencer follows the drugs all the way to the top and eventually delivers a one-man assault on the baddy and the dirty cops at a car scrapyard. Leading to predictable victory.
The Silencer has several good elements that includes half-decent fights, it’s very own rock-ballad theme tune – which is terribly catchy, and its distinctive leading man with the goatee-pony tail combo – Glenn Salvage. The film is our favourite because it’s memorably terrible, yet ambitious and it has isolated moments of genius (albeit unintentional). Also it has some great gaffs. There’s a scene (you can see it in the trailer) where our hero tries to do the splits in mid air to avoid being kicked, it looks like he doesn’t jump high enough and his assailant’s foot connects with his balls! hahahaha. Most of The Silencer is told in earnest tones and all laughter is generated by mistake, but then again a film’s ulitmate job (for better or worse) is to entertain and that’s what The Silencer does. It’s crapness makes it watchable as opposed to unwatchable like so many of it’s contemporaries are. Maybe it’s just us but if you’re reading this then you gotta be a Britpic / low-budget follower / addict / fan like us. So we say get a copy from Amazon today. It’ll set you back about £0.18 (twice the actual film’s budget). Then pass it on to a pal.
2.5 out of 10 – The Silencer still gets a low mark because it really does suck. But like the class clown at school, he may get low marks but you still like him. Please make The Silencer 2! We’ll give you a few quid.
Review Below by Matt ‘The Poisonous Shadow’ Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Glenn Salvage: Essex Heist, Never Let Go, Footsoldier (voice), The Dead – Africa, Ten Dead Men, Underground (2008), Left For Dead
- Steve Lawson: Essex Heist (dir), The Haunting of Annie Dyer (dir), Footsoldier (dir), Killer/Saurus (dir)
- Fidel Nanton: Underground (2008)