Accurate and realistic UK urban story, great camera with a mixed UK-USAcast !! Leo Gregory, an actor who has always been second lining,finally got a chance to prove him self and play important role in hisacting career.
Nic Auerbach a newly arrived UK director showed us something we haveforgotten after Guy Ritchie real movies "Lock, Stock.." and "Snatch",Nick Love's "The Business", De Rakoff's "The Calcium Kid" - "Dead ManRunning"... and related UK criminal genre movies.
It appears that Hollywood producers spend BIG money to make films fortheir audience only - making sure to make a 1001 clich? !!! Give NicAuerbach a job to make a movie - he will do it right.
And of course I almost forgot excellent Vincent Regan !!!
-review by Scooper
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Small time crook Mickey (Leo Greggory) is in deep debt to ruthless drugdealer Robbo (MC Harvey) and is generally down on his luck. Then, bychance, he is found by big time gangster Barber (Vincent Regan) andgiven the opportunity to enter the big league, where he crosses pathswith American gangster Martell (Michael Madsen) and is drawn toBarber's temptress wife Liza (Beatrice Rosen.) But the higher heclimbs, the deeper he gets and when he finds himself caught up in alucrative human trafficking ring, he finds it may all be a bit toomuch.
There's a whole plethora of British acting talent about at the moment,and The Big I Am showcases a lot of it, with lead star Greggory, and asupporting cast including Harvey, Paul Kaye and Terry Stone, as well asthe more well known likes of Madsen, Steven Berkoff and Gerad Butlerdead ringer Regan. The premise of the story is a bit implausible andthe pace is a bit weary which makes it drag a bit more as it getscloser to the end. Still, director Nic Auerbach handles things withenough flare and substance to get things by, with a slick urban grimesoundtrack, an appropriately dark and hard hitting tone in places and ahip and convincing cast to carry things along. ***
Vincent Reagen awesome, Leo carries it well and Phil Davis is as strongas you would expect from an actor of that caliber. Strong performancesall round. The storyline requires a certain suspension of disbelief tosupport the idea that the keys of the empire would be handed over to anunknown but the plot allows for this in Mickey saving Barber's life.Refreshing to see none of the usual suspects were wheeled out in thecasting of this film. Think the sound track carried well too. Madsen'sperformance was a bit disjointed but that hey that can be Mr Mad-senfor you. Don't understand the complaints about bad language consideringthe genre. My only comment would be that the grade on my copy was a bitover the place. Worth a a second viewing.User: g_n
opinion about plot:
A bit from Scarface, a bit from Lock & stock, short time line and somecreativity to mix it all up to make mediocre Brit-gang movie. The riseof skinner seemed to happen too fast, some of characters seemed to beunnecessary and of course the happy ending is some of the things whichmade this movie too predictable and too naive for its genre.
Skinner (Gregory) - overall good work although in some places it seemedthat he is overacting the big boss role, but he somehow managed to pullit together
Martell (Madsen) - if you haven't seen Hell Ride, than his job in thispiece looks very impressive - cool gangster type and so on, but if youseen it than it looks like The Gent is somehow traveled to UK - samestyle, same manners, well it looked like copy/paste work for him
Barber (Regan) - one moment he is English, next moment he is Russian inthe end he is dead. Nice work for depicting mentally unbalancedmob-boss
Liza (Rosen) - you could put any model type girl in this role, give herstupid accent, sad history,and you got Liza. another boss-girl typeperformance
If you have 2 hours of your time and there is nothing to do really,than go ahead, good way to spend time, but if you are a fan of thiskind of movies, than better look something from the genre classics
I have seen many UK gangster films and many from the states etc andhave to say it seems that the film makers have too. I found this filmto be very poor. The story was predictable, the characters had no depthand the whole thing felt like it had not been thought out. The maincharacter could not carry this film and his story was so weak that theaudience could not sympathize with him.
This reminded me of a poor man's Layer Cake (minus the acting skills ofDavid Craig) and I would go as far as to say that a Danny Dyer filmwould look Oscar worthy in comparison.
It was a shame as the main actor has played a few decent sidecharacters in other Brit films but films such as this and hisperformance in Goal 3 should lead him to ask if his agents are doingthe right thing for him. Work is work in the world of actors but Iwould rather be stacking shelves than making this rubbish.
Avoid at all costs.
It was OK. I mean, I get it, the plot, and the characters, but what Ididn't understand was the chemistry that the film tried to createbetween Skinner and Vincent Regan's girl. Although she was apart of thehuman trafficking. I still didn't see the relevance in making hercharacter fall for this guy. And what was deal with Madsen? Good actorand all, but it seems like the story was trying to take you some place,but it never quite actually got there. Skinner's character should havebeen more aggressive, especially when it to the got the part hissister. There could have been more to that. Over all the movie waswatchable to the end.User: mickcelkin (email@example.com)
Wow! So here it is. A recipe for a British gangster film: Firstly youwill need a script that has several male characters giving it large infancy motors, sniffing charlie, rumping brasses, beating their chestsand 'effin and blinding' in every sentence they utter for no apparentreason other than it makes them look hard. NOTE: Do not get weigheddown with a feasible plot! Gangsters don't need an excuse to act likemorons. Voila! Easy ennit! Erm...no actually it isn't. I bought thisfilm 'On Demand' because I like to support 'British' as much aspossible. I wanted to like it 'I really did'. I am a fan of LeoGregory's work, but for me he failed to give the character any depth,but I'll excuse that cos it could be script related. I didn't reallygive a toss for him in this. As for Phil Davies....'Oh Dear'. Woeful.Every male character in this film seemed to be the same. I read up onthis and I know producer Robert Fucilla created this film to givehimself a platform as an actor and to be fair to him, he's performance'for an untrained actor' wasn't bad. At least he didn't over act(unlike Harvey from So Solid) which is usually the faux pas of noviceactors. I admire Fucilla for putting his money where his mouth is'which is another reason I wanted to like this film', but sorry it waspretty poor. It's a nice position to be in for an actor 'being able tofinance your own film', but you still need to focus on the product. Agood script is a vital ingredient for any successful movie. Better lucknext time chaps!