Down Terrace (2009)

[to his pregnant girlfriend] – Hey you’ve put on a bit of weight!” – Karl

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being released from prison a local British gangster and his son try to find out who ratted him out.

My Take on it – This is a film that fits into the genre of low-budget British crime films that I usually try and stay away from since they generally are not the kind of films that I enjoy.

Ben Wheatley is a hit or miss director IMHO but since Ive only seen a few of his films, I decided to try and watch them all since he has been chosen by Tony to be the LAMB Director of the Month for September.

This was his debut film and its very easy to see that this way made on a shoestring budget.

The premise is an interesting one that has been dealt with so many times in other films yet the fact that this is a small family run crime syndicate, it’s more intriguing to see how they will all deal with trying to find out who the informer amongst them truly is.

I liked the fact that this film takes its time for the characters to come to the realization that they live in an “every man for himself” world and that they shouldn’t trust anyone.

The low budget aspects of the film make it feel too much like a home movie and the acting is a bit wooden the whole time.

The story is a bit choppy and doesn’t flow well enough the whole time.

The special effects are actually quite good and I loved the car accident scene because it is done superbly and seems quite realistic even if somewhat comical.

Wheatley uses some great techniques with this film and eventhough the story here isn’t so gripping, it’s is easy to see his future potential from what he does here.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea yet it comes across as being too choppy. The low budget aspect of it makes it feel more like a home movie of the story and that also takes away from any impact this story might have. The special effects are actually done quite well and I loved the way that they did the car accident scene because it looks so realistic. Really liked how the characters are suspicious of everyone and only slowly realize that it’s an “every man for himself” world which helps make this film a bit more fun.  It’s easy to see Wheatley’s potential with the way this film is made even if the story itself isn’t so great.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actress Julia Deakin (Maggie) and actor Michael Smiley (Pringle) both had roles in Spaced (1999), which was helmed by Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright would later go on to executive produce director Ben Wheatley’s third feature film Sightseers (2012). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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