Sunday 4 May 2014

Review: Plastic

World of Blackout Film Review

Plastic Poster

Cert: 15 / 102 mins / Dir. Julian Gilbey
WoB Rating: 4/7

Well, the events which the film's based on may be "real", but it seems like the people who carried them out watched as many gangster flicks and episodes of Hustle as the four (yes, four) writers did.

Director Julian Gilbey's opening gambit, a voiceover by head scamster Sam, sets a bar which the film largely fails to pass. "How things start shouldn't matter. It's how they end that's important…". Which is an interesting premise, because Plastic starts like a second-rate Lock, Stock clone, and by the end that hasn't changed.

Every bit as shallow and superficial as the title might suggest, Plastic has the indie-edged eye-candy you'd expect, but no real muscle to back it up. There's no weight to anything which happens in the film's 102 minutes, and Gilbey spends so much time showing you how unlikeable all of the characters are, that by the time the guns are drawn in the third act, you really don't mind who lives or dies either way.

On an individual level (with one exception), the young leads give a credible, if slightly underwritten, performance. That exception would be Alfie Allen as 'Yatesy', who seems to have embraced his part as chief-arsehole with a little too much relish. He over-eggs the 'bastard' pudding pretty much from the word go, channelling the spite and cowardice (and hair) of Trainspotting's Sick Boy, but with none of that character's charisma.

If Plastic had anywhere near the gravitas it thinks it has, it'd be a far more engaging film. As it stands, it's entertaining enough, but instantly forgettable.
A bunch of kids playing in Guy Ritchie's sandpit*1 *2.

Is the trailer representative of the film?
Pretty much, yes.

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?
Not as much as the writers intended, no.

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
Not nearly.

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?
This is a £2.99 DVD on a Saturday night with some beers.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?
Probably at some point, but it won't be the main event of the evening.

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?
I didn't hear one.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

And my question for YOU is…
Is the line "What kind of twat goes all in on two-pair?" intended as a surreptitious reference to Only Fools & Horses?

Because if it is I approve, wholeheartedly.

*1 To the point where the best scene in the film features Gorgeous George and Vinny from Snatch.
*2 I don't care what you say, Lock, Stock, Snatch and Rock'n'Rolla are masterpieces, I tell you. Masterpieces.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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