4.5 out of 10
Release Date: 26th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Neil Horner
Cast: Vincent Regan, Seb Castang, Stephen Marcus, Robert Cavanah, Csilla Barath-Basaic, Samantha Glenn, Barry Smart, Jon Campling, Chris Ryman and Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Writer: Allen Beever
Trailer: THE LONDON FIRM
It’s a shame that the makers were (probably) forced by the DVD distributors to swap it’s interesting title AB Negative, which refers to two contrasting hitmen, for the final one, The London Firm. It’s a shame because although it’s a competent little gangster movie, this needed all the help it could get to stand out from the pack. The title only serves to make it anonymous. Yet, another liveried, red and white jacketed film for hard men who shop at Asda.
The film itself presents a riddle: two hitmen, the experienced and jaded A (VINCENT REGAN – VENDETTA) and the junior, modern, virtually clueless B (SEB CASTANG – TRAVELLER), are put together on a job. They are delivered to their next hit in the back of a van, only to found that they’ve been kidnapped by persons unknown in order to discover the whereabouts of some missing contraband. Meanwhile, some hardmen have a card game which is somehow connected to the central events. What is the enigmatic Robert Cavanah (ASSASSIN) role in proceedings?
The film’s central performances are uniformly good, with newcomer Seb Castang having to do much of the donkey work. Vincent Regan can do this type of role in his sleep and it’s nice to see him wake up from time to time to help his opposite number. In the end the over elaborate plan seems a bit pointless considering what most gangsters resort to to recover lost money, drugs, jewels etc. Mind you the boring alternative has already been since 300 times before in less interesting films. The London Firm may try a few new things, but they’re not tried with any panache or flare. The London Firm is reliable to a fault and like it’s new title, it does very little to stand out. There’s nothing to single out, positively or negatively. It just functions adequately and is a nice place holder for Vincent Regan, who is a fine actor who appears to biding his time (a lot) waiting for Hollywood to pick up the phone.
4.5 out of 10 – A timid, gangster film that has ideas but seems to scared to make a fuss about it. Solid acting keeps you watching.
Second review below by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Vincent Regan: Eat Local, Tango One,City of Tiny Lights, The Last Photograph, Top Dog, Vendetta, St. George’s Day, Outside Bet, Snow White & The Huntsman, Lock Out, Ghost Rider 2, Bonded By Blood, The Holding, The Big I Am, 300, Hard Men
- Seb Castang: Ibiza Undead, Traveller, The Lost Boys 2, Family Affairs (TV)
- Stephen Marcus: The Eliminators, The Smoke, It’s a Lot, Fast and The Furious 6, Interview With A Hitman, Ninja Assassin, The Baby Juice Express, Kinky Boots, Stage Beauty, Quills, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Hear My Song, My Beautiful Laundrette
- Robert Cavanah: Take Down, Assassin (2015), Fall of the Essex Boys, Pimp, The Royal (TV), Doctors (TV), Eastenders (TV)
- Samantha Glenn: Family Affairs (TV)
- Jon Campling: To Dream, Rancour, Razors, The Healer, Mob Handed, Narcopolis, The Curse of the Witching Tree, Dead End (2013), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 1
- Roger Ashton-Griffiths: Mr Turner, Dragonheart 3, Game of Thrones (TV), Coronation Street (TV)