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Plot: A group of aging London gangsters go on a vigilante killing spree when one of their number is murdered by a street gang.
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We Still Kill the Old Way: I’m really torn on this one
This was a recommendation and a movie I’d certainly never had watched otherwise. Not only do I generally dislike British cinema but I hate any “Gangster” related nonsense especially such low rent stuff like this.
It’s a revenge tale, a bunch of old school gangsters seeking retribution against young hoodlums who take the life of one their own. On paper this movie stood absolutely no chance with me, but it does have redeeming features.
It’s paced perfectly, it’s wonderfully constructed and the 4 veterans do a fantastic job especially Ogilvy and Cosmo. It succeeds in making you absolutely detest the antagonists, to levels I haven’t seen since Eden Lake (2008).
But on the flipside our heroes are also villians, it’s difficult rooting for a side when essentially it’s bad vs bad. I don’t care if the youth are more obnoxious, in the grand scheme of things I’m sure the protagonists have considerably more blood under their nails. Much like the critically acclaimed Attack the Block (2011), you expect me to cheer on these wretches just because the opposition is worse?
And more? It suffers with the same problem as Eden Lake. Namely, it’s too real. What I mean by that is chav scum and youth gangs are rife, you see them to some extent daily regardless of where you are in the country and quite frankly I don’t want to see them in movies as well. The first 10 minutes of the film made me deeply uncomfortable for a host of reasons.
So though the film is wonderfully made it suffers due to its own successes. For me this was better than it should have been, but I just can’t get behind a movie with such themes.
Very well made
Some great performances
Deeply uncomfortable viewing in places
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Hospital security isn’t what it used to be
We still kill the old way…only you wouldn’t know it here
I like the idea far more than the execution. What we have here is a wasted opportunity for a jolly good old-fashioned hard-boiled torture-porn blood-spurting gut churning British gangster knees-up extravaganza Eastend-style. What we get is a graphically restrained and disappointingly timid stab at an old-school crime/revenge thriller that fritters away its potential in favour of annoying camera technique, clichéd scripting, over-the top performances, cartoon caricature characterisation and little in the way of thrills and spills.
It should have amped the violence, pumped the adrenaline and sparked the target. Rather, it tones down, cops out and misses the mark. If a film is going to name-check the Krays and the Richardson Gang then the makers should recognise that the violent methods employed by these people was medieval and then some. What happens on screen should go some reasonable distance to reflecting that, rather than shy away from the gratuitous and explicit nature. If, as the title claims, we still kill the old way, then let’s see it, experience it, the power and the horror of it.
The simple plot opens the doors to many possibilities, but fails to capitalise. Old geezer comes to the aid of young girl being primed for gang-rape by a bunch of hoodies and gets stomped to death. But this isn’t any old geezer. Oh no, this is Stephen Berkoff playing Charlie Archer, a once revered and feared sixties Eastend crime tsar. Charlie’s brother, Richie (Ian Ogilvy) lives a comfortable life in Spain, but upon hearing of his brother’s demise returns home for the funeral and a healthy slice of revenge. Three of his old compatriots join him, bemoaning the good old days when the streets were safe because Richie and Charlie killed every threat, real or imagined, and the people were happy and danced a jig of joy from dawn until dusk like Dick Van Dyke on acid. The four pensioners amble about their business with sawn-off shotguns, claw hammers, drills, machetes, knuckle-dusters, etc, to teach the young scum a lesson by kidnapping, torturing and killing them all. Which ought to make them see the error of their ways if anything will.
Should have and could have been an electrifying journey into the dark heart and mind of criminal psychopathy, but opts for a pedestrian trundle into blandness instead. On the way they run into Alison Doody as a wholly improbable police detective investigating Charlie’s murder – and a clunky plot device whereby it turns out it was Doody’s wayward daughter who Charlie saved from being raped.
On the plus side, good to see Ogilvy back on screen and actually headlining (nice to see him reunited with his WITCHFINDER GENERAL compatriot Nicky Henson), and Berkoff (fleeting though he may be here) is always worth watching. There is a nice line in black humour on occasion and there are brief flashes of inspiration, such as the juxtaposition of criminal styles between the old school and the young upstarts. The oldies are brutally elegant, ruthless, determined, clinical, unflinching, matter-of-fact, whereas the kids are messy, disorganised, borderline-retarded, histrionic and irredeemably vile. Also, they all communicate through a virtually incomprehensible hip-hop street patois which I’m pretty sure no one uses meaningfully outside of a comedy sketch. Subtitles for translation would have helped.
I liked the cheeky reference to THE Italian JOB (1969) at the end – a pleasing touch.
Throughout viewing, I couldn’t help imagining how it could have been done so much better, and that’s no desirable pursuit for a film to stimulate in an audience during its running time. For fans of British Crime Cinema it’s not essential viewing, but it passes the time relatively harmlessly whilst entertaining on a resolutely moderate level. I’m not sure if that is a recommendation.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime
Director Sacha Bennett
Writer Sacha Bennett, Dougie Brimson, Gary Lawrence
Actors Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody, Danny Hatchard
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A