The involvement of English Premiership footballers as executive producers would suggest the film was a plaything and an outlet for their rather substantial weekly wage and it's their money that probably paid for the clearance of an actually rather good soundtrack. Would, say, sticking Danny Dyer's head on a pike somewhere in Bethnal Green be enough of a deterrent? Don't take it seriously and enjoy it for what it is, a movie for a wet Friday night with lots of mates and beer. Alas, it looks really cheap and awful, shot with a murky camera lens through out that brings it down a peg or two. Dyer is Dyer and plays the same tole he does in all of his films, but he does this best, so why change anything? Yet there is one gleaming performance in this stiff, wooden cast which is that of veteran British actress Brenda Blethyn who plays Nick's caring, soft, yet incredibly versatile mother who provides not only the biggest laugh of the film, but also the tensest scene as we uncover a secret she has kept buried under her blanket. As a whole the film is very predictable and the plot turns and twists can be seen from a mile off. He picks Nick to make an example of him, that he has to get £100,000 in 24 hours or he will kill him and his mother. He is also a man who owns a £100,000 debt to a ruthless American gangster, Mr.
Nick finds himself in debt to American gangster Mr Thigo. It offers us nothing new and is not worth your time. And so, with the assistance of his quirky business partner Bing Danny Dyer he begins a mad dash around the capital and even up north getting into scrapes involving underworld kingpins, motorway police and the lowest of the criminal underworld. It was just good fun and made me smile several times. Some of the casting is a bit strange, Jackson cannot act, it was evident in Righteous Kill and Get rich or die trying', and the presence of Davies, Blethyn and Walters is just wasted. I didn't know what to expect from this film except that the poster made it look like an honest-to-goodness thriller that could've been made any time in the past 40 years, and that appealed to me. It is a dull film that is stupid when you put any real world logic to it and you may as well watch a good gangster film again.
Hassan does his best, but its bad. I think we shall now call him 50p for future reference. Tamar Hassan is sure to be a big star- he's like a bigger and more handsome Antonio Banderas. In the event, it's a well-played noir mostly set in London though you get no real sense of the city, and it's a shame they had to show Big Ben in which Nick engagingly played by Tamer Hassan has 24 hours to find £100,000 or he, and his mother as always, a superb performance from Brenda Blethyn will be 'buried in a shallow grave'. So he grabs Dyer and they go on a beano to make the money in any way possible, and the outcome is throwaway silly crap that works in a way that only a film featuring the two leads could.
Leave this movie well alone unless you like tucking socks into trackie bottoms, listen to music on buses using a mobile and have many friends with Asbo's and trophy dogs, for the rest of us there's a bit of damp paint on the wall over there, it'll be dry soon. The audience I saw it with, in Wandsworth, were thoroughly entertained. Except this time instead of playing raging football hooligans destroying East London one shop window at a time, they are instead pushed into the world of the British Gangster flick. He's tough but sexy and charming. Its one of those films that drags even though its not overly long, and one that you can cut a good trailer for, and create an appealing poster for, but I found it very disappointing in just about every department.
Hassan, again, means well but again he's given very little to work with. His performance is borderline embarrassing but thankfully he doesn't take up much screen time. The plot is very Guy Ritchie-esquire, but fails on just about every level and tedium kicks in at the half way point. At best Dead Man Running is a generic Brit-gangster film we have seen time and again. Any way having explained to you all who's in the movie and who's connected to it with the funding I now come to the review of the said movie. For example Nick and his best friend crash their London cab in rural Lancashire and low and behold there's a rave taking place.
Thet could've made a nice movie out of this story line but they failed. With no charm or style this movie chugs a long at a fair pace you can even see some local celebrities from the u. But when the credit crunch bites, mean-spirited Mr Thigo calls in his loan and gives Nick 24 hours to pay — or his mum gets it. For example they arrange things so that he'll sit right next to some thieving scrote on a train who will steal his money , then when he goes to rob a bank someone coincidentally mentions on the phone the result of a dog race the previous night. Danny Dyer has the typecast role of Hassan's buddy and is one again the naughty-but-nice tearaway. I could list reels of embarrassing London wide boy chit chat , but it was embarrassing to sit through let alone repeat.
To is not responsible for the accuracy, compliance, copyright, legality, decency, or any other aspect of the content of other linked sites. I gave this 4 out of 10. The plot itself is just a rip off a Guy Ritchie film, some small time crook ends up crossing a big gangster and the crook has to pay him back quickly, that's what happened in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Rocknrolla, but at least those films have sub-plots. The chief baddie is 'played' by Curtis 'fifty pence' Jackson and it's not good, people. The consistently uninspiring Tamer Hassan is the main character who is driven to the edge when his mother, Brenda Blethyn, is held hostage by a shotgun-wielding psychopath. American rapper 50 Cent is as bad as other reviews have pointed out.
Worst of the group is rapper 50 Cent in a 'take the money and run' type turn as the crime boss. It's a shame as both he and Dyer have, I feel, more to offer than this formulaic 'good-guys-gone-a-little-bad' buddy-buddy nonsense. Dead Man Running is just a cheap looking film attempting some stylish tricks and is filled with poor acting, action and comedy. It fails to harbour the primarily British cast's potential and instead delivers a predictable narrative coupled with a terribly clichéd script. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties. If all you want is a simple, mildly violent crime thriller, then this will fit the bill nicely. Dead Man Running isn't a bad film, but it's strictly by-the-numbers.
The Gods do indeed work in mysterious ways Sounds bloody awful and yet it's so awful and silly and lacking in any sort of reality that you can't help being swept along in its thoughtless stupidity and sense of fun. It is not good and most of the actors just phoned in there performances. And I'm not only talking about the main characters, but also the supporting cast. They do like their fun though and play about with him. Dead Man Running and Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels have the same situation with me as Corner Gas and Dan For Mayor.