Une étonnante actrice, à la présence certaine (Georgia Groome) pour une oeuvre bien maîtrisée, sans pathos excessif ni voyeurisme complaisant dont les terrifiantes zones d'ombres illuminent le film de son noir halo de désespoir humain et social... www.cinefiches.com
I studied this film for A-Level Film Studies and it blew my brain to pieces then and still does now. I will never be able to thank my teacher enough for introducing me at such a young age to a film with incredible style and outstanding nuances. Cheers Mr Mitchell, you're a legend forever and if I'm ever a famous cinematographer i'll give you and Christopher Ross a shout out.
2.5 stars. Grimly arresting from the start, but I became increasingly suspicious of its dramatic strategies up to and including when the character of Stuart takes narrative precedence over Kelly and Joanne. So, while the script was jobbies, the acting was enormously convincing and committed, specially by Johnny Harris, whose Derek displayed an upsettingly true-to-life tendency towards self-pity.
Better than other reviewers would have you think. Impressive acting, a solid plot and soundtrack... This is thrilling cinema with every piece of dialogue measured against the plot device and character development. It also has a very strong, unpretentious message on innocence (including that of the mob boss). One reviewer called it constantly bleak, but I beg to differ. It's a hopeful swan-song to unsung heroes.