2.5 out of 10
Release Date: 4th April 2014
Director: Shan Khan
Cast: Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub, Shubham Saraf, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel and William Ruane
Writer: Shan Khan
Honour tackles an important subject. The film ends with a printed factoid telling the viewer that 5000 women per year are killed as the result of an ‘honour killing’ in Muslim families. Sadly Honour bungles it’s opportunity to deliver a potent drama and instead offers us an insipid, muddled blend of soap opera and exploitation flick in the style of a latter-day Michael Winner. Paddy Considine (DEAD MAN’S SHOES) plays a nameless racist hit man who specialises in honour killings. He is enlisted by a nameless family made up of Mother (HARVEY VIRDI – JADOO) and her two sons: policeman Kasim (FARAZ AYUB – WE ARE MONSTER) and pizza delivery boy Adel (SHUBHAM SARAF) to find sister and daughter Mona (AIYSHA HART – TOBE HOOPER’S DJINN). In the process, our hitman develops a conscience and decides to defend his quarry from her evil family. The reasons why are never come to light, but it would seem that Paddy’s last job was particularly sickening.
Some reasonable performances are the only reason to look at this film but on the whole it’s an embarrassing ‘blip’ on Paddy Considine‘s CV. As stated, what could have been an interesting look at an all but hidden world turns out to be little more than an exploitation flick with the family portrayed as one note racists. It’s a very hard film to take seriously when each of the characters on show are cartoons or hasty sketches. The central plot has little regard for logic. Mona is secretly seeing a Punjabi colleague (NIKESH PATEL – JADOO) whom the family take grave exception to as the union brings shame on their late father’s name. After a botched murder attempt, the film turns into a limp chase movie with our barely awake Paddy in tepid pursuit. The story is also told in a non-linear format which just sets out to over complicate an already confused through line. Every single lead character except for Mona is a hard core racist and some of the dialogue is cumbersome and tin-eared. On the whole it’s an over-simplistic issues movie made for idiots who can’t form their own ideas on race relations. In many ways this is like an British-Asian version of Stuart St.Paul‘s equally xenophobic Freight so stay away.
2.5 out of 10 – Clueless issues movie that will be a best seller on Daily Mail Island. Honour squanders a good idea and instead offers up a poorly constructed, badly plotted, ‘naan-sploitation’ flick instead.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Aiysha Hart: Atlantis (TV), Tobe Hooper’s Djinn
- Paddy Considine: I Miss You Already, Macbeth (2015), Child 44, Pride (2014), The Double (2014), The World’s End, Now Is Good, Tyrannosaur (dir), Blitz, Submarine, Le Donk and Scorasayzee, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz, Stoned, Cinderella Man, My Summer Of Love, Dead Man’s Shoes, In America, 24 Hour Party People, The Martins, Born Romatic, Last Resort, A Room For Romeo Brass
- Faraz Ayub: Line of Duty (TV)
- Harvey Virdi: Jadoo, Coronation Street (TV), Brick Lane, Guru In Seven
- Nikesh Patel: Jadoo
- William Ruane: Kelly + Victor, The Angel’s Share, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Sweet Sixteen, Tickets