5.5 out of 10
Release Date: 1st May 2015
Cast: Josh Myers, Gregg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Andrew Shim, Richie Campbell, Michael Maris, James Devlin, Caroline Ford, Sophie Colquhoun, Joseph Junior Adenuga, Aymen Hamdouchi, Giacomo Mancini, Maria Fernandez Ache, Sasha Frost, Lisa Moorish, Rob Knighton with Doug Allen and Christian Berkel
Writer: Reg Traviss
This action-thriller contains the world’s least convincing graffitti artist to protrayed in a film. Gregg Sulkin (SIXTY SIX) plays said non-artist, Dee, competently but he seems to have no creative input into the story as he just goes through the motions no matter where his unrealistic character takes him. The art world he wanders around in is one of lazy cliche and bad research. He seems to win favour and a commission through good luck rather than unique vision or even talent. With the majority of this film’s running time focussed on this drip rather than his criminal brothers ‘smash n’ grab’ gang you’ve got a film that’s doing wheelspins in the mud, but getting bogged down fast.
Anti-Social tells the story of two very different brothers (both described above). They both live in a council estate with their Mum who turns a blind eye to the older brother Marcus’s (JOSH MYERS – I AM SOLDIER) antics as long as he puts food on the table. The younger brother seems to be on the rise in the art world, he’s got a posh American girlfriend, Kirsten (MEGHAN MARKLE – SUITS). Meanwhile, Marcus’ relatively succesful top secret gang of jewel robbing bikers are making the move into drug dealing. They should have stuck to what they are good at because they get double-crossed by the rival gang led by Aymen Hamdouchi (MY BROTHER THE DEVIL). They end up in hock to Doug Allen (WE ARE MONSTER), so they have to come up with a plot that won’t work without an extra man on the team. Who can they trust? Dee of course. But will Dee risk his commision in Berlin and put his family and girlfriend in harms way before he gets clear once and for all?
So here we have it, a potentially gripping action film, reasonably well made let down by a completely crap sub-plot that dwarfs the movie’s selling point. Well acted by the entire cast of familiar faces, even mini-Craig Fairbrass, Josh Myers does very well in a well-cast role. It’s a frustrating near miss that is a lot of fun at times, if only it would have concentrated on the biker gang we’d have something more exciting to report. As it is, we’ve got a good film lumbered with a lame film.
5.5 out of 10 – Slickly made action film that’s saddled with a gigantically lame sub-plot.
Second review by Joe Pesci II below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Josh Myers: Once Upon a Time In London, Rise of the Footsoldier 3, Ripper, Bonded By Blood 2, Fall of The Krays, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, I Am Soldier, Green Street 3, Zombie Diaries 2, Psychosis
- Gregg Sulkin: Don’t Hang Up, Faking It (TV). Sixty Six
- Meghan Markle: Suits (TV), Get Him To The Greek, Remember Me (2010)
- Andrew Shim: The Marker, This Is England ’90 (TV), UFO (2013), Airborne (2012), Screwed (2011), This England, This Is England 86 (TV), This Is England 88 (TV), Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, A Room For Romeo Brass
- Richie Campbell: Tango One, The Intent, Gangsters Gamblers and Geezers, Montana, Get Lucky, Fast Girls, Victim, Anuvahood, Wilderness
- Michael Maris: Gone Too Far, Victim, Anuvahood, Zebra Crossing
- Caroline Ford: Still, Lake Placid 4
- Sophie Colquhoun: The Devil Went Down To Islington, Tango One, Us and Them, The Royals (TV), Plebs (TV)
- Aymen Hamdouchi: 6 Days, iBoy, War Machine, Unlocked, We Are Monster, Snow In Paradise, Dying of the Light, My Brother The Devil, Sightseers, Green Zone
- Giacomo Mancini: Pan, Top Boy (TV)
- Sasha Frost: Fit, KickOff
- Rob Knighton: Knights of The Round Table – King Arthur, Everyone’s Going To Die
- Doug Allen: Once Upon a Time In London, We Are Monster, The Guvnors, Sniper 5, Ghosted, The Firm (2009), Gangster No.1
- Christian Berkel: Elle, Trumbo, The Man From UNCLE, Miracle At St Anna, Leningrad, Inglourious Basterds, Valkyrie, Flame & Citron, Black Book, Downfall, The Experiment