4.5 out of 10
UK / Lithuania co-production
Release Date: 13th November 2014
Director: Emilys Vylivis
Cast: Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, Gil Darnell, Oliver Jackson, Anthony Strachan, Andrius Ziurauskas, Vita Siauciunaite and Vytautas Sapranauskas
Writer: Jonas Banys & Lewis Britnell
Redirected assaults the senses in the same way that old 90s TV phenomenon used to. Who remembers Eurotrash? For those that don’t it was a queasy magazine show that highlighted unusual practices (usually sex or food related) that would happen for money or behind closed doors across Europe. Redirected could easily have been called EuroTrash the movie as it’s just an insane blend of inexplicable nonsense, framing a country your average English man knows zero about for being the sink hole of everything mad, deviant, scary and European. Apparently, Redirected is the largest grossing movie in Lithuania (at the time of writing) in cinematic history. This goes to prove there’s probably more to this film than meets the eye.
Three shit cockney gangsters (GIL DARNELL, OLIVER JACKSON, ANTHONY STRACHAN) con their best friend (SCOT WILLIAMS – THE CREW) into being a getaway driver for them. The robbery in question is of a bunch of drugs / cash (can’t remember) and a ring very precious to Vinnie Jones’ (THE CONDEMNED) horrible gangster. They intend to run away to Malaysia and set up themselves up for life. Their flight gets redirected to Lithuania, a land of double crosses, wacky gangsters, homocidal gypsies and fake ambulances. Somehow, Vinne Jones picks up the lame quartet’s trail and follows suit to “Lithu-fucking-what?”
The film is constructed of chapters as our heroes get split up and find themselves on their own adventures. Eventually all roads lead to a bizarre gypsy wedding where all three parties face off over the precious ring. Somehow, a bunch of rocket launchers and limousines pop up, animals and hefty Lituanian gangsters get mashed up. The pigs should have been credited as special guest stars as their seems to be a lot of them in Lithuania / in this movie.
There’s fun to be had if you like this sort of caper, but the main plot has been seen many times before, it’s just the window dressing that’s different. In this variation alone you can find a lot to enjoy. The main guys aren’t interesting enough to follow into the melee and Vinnie Jones is reliable in that he brings his ‘off the peg’ anger / befuddlement to the show. The story lines up a sequel, so expect a Misdirected in the next few years – given that that Lithuanians have sequels and weren’t just pitching for an east European style non-ending. Can you imagine?
4.5 out of 10 – Well put together but as spicy as a potato, fans of Vinnie Jones and wacky gangster capers need apply. Those with low expectations will be sorely disappointed though as there is some enjoyment to be had.
See below for Matt Usher’s review too. He’s got Lithuanian Uncles…
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Vinnie Jones: Kill Kane, Diamond Heist, Escape Plan, Fire With Fire, Madagacar 3 (voice), The Age Of Dragons, Kill The Irishman, The Heavy, Not Another Not Another Movie, Strength and Honour, The Riddle, The Other Half, The Midnight Meat Train, Garfield 2 (voice), The Condemned, X-Men 3, She’s The Man, EuroTrip, Tooth, The Big Bounce, Mean Machine, Swordfish, Snatch, Gone In 60 Seconds, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- Scot Williams: K-Shop, Taking Stock, Hard Boiled Sweets, Liverpool 1 (TV), Clubbed, The Crew, Backbeat
- Gil Darnell: Soldiers of the Damned, All Things To All Men
- Oliver Jackson: Entity