Thursday, 19 May 2011

SugarHouse - Movie Review

Tom (Steven Mackintosh) is a middle-class city boy whose life has reached breaking point. D (Ashley Walters) is a young crack-head: smart, witty, desperate. Tom is completely out of his depth when he finds himself in D's abandoned warehouse attempting to do a "deal" with the energetic, volatile drug addict. The two enter into an irrational, deadly game of cat and mouse. An independent film, that boasts a large selection of British actors new and old, from Steven Mackintosh to Adam Deacon. But these guys can only go so far to perform a script that offers more than it delivers, and at times feels tacky and pointless to say the least.

Each scene seems to go on for way too long, losing all potential to keep the audience interested, at time I often felt like this short hour and a half film was going on for ever, constantly repeating itself to the point where it actually became funny to watch. Not the intention of the director I’m guessing.

The best scenes defiantly come from Andy Serkis who plays the insane, tattoo covered Irish drug dealing king pin Hoodwink, a far cry from Lord of the Rings Smegul. His on screen presence carries most of the other actors throughout, but like them is still restricted to this poor script.

The film would have been passable as a decent short, with its solid plot and strong cast, but the lack of a coherent script and poorly developed scenes left it stuck, with nothing to do but repeat itself. So if you have an hour and half to kill why not give it a watch.

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