We Still Steal the Old Way (2017)

Director: Sacha Bennett

Writer: Sacha Bennett, Simon Cluett (Screenplay)

Starring: Ian Ogilvy, Julian Glover, Chris Ellison, Deborah Moore, Billy Murray, Patrick Bergin, Vaz Blackwood, Tanya Franks, Sacha Bennett, Jonathan Sothcott

 

Plot: The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: British Gangster Prison Break Edition

 

Story: We Still Steal the Old Way starts with Richie Archer (Ogilvy) warning Sir Edward (Glover) that if he doesn’t return the money he stole from the innocent, he will be taking it. Putting his team together Richie engages in his crime only for getting caught to be part of the plan.

The plan is to help George Briggs (Pergin) get out of prison so he can spend time with his dying wife. The plan has a spanner thrown into the works when Vic Farrow (Murray) gets himself transferred to the same prison so he can kill and get revenge on Richie. Can the plan still come together the way Richie has planned.

 

Thoughts on We Still Steal the Old Way

 

Characters/PerformanceRichie is the confident London gangster who always has a plan, he has loyal friends as well as respected by the higher ups within the crime world. Richie is happy to have a respect filled conversation and doesn’t enjoy the new world youth that is full of disrespect. Vic comes from the same world as Richie but has become the great rival against him, he is serving time waiting for his revenge to come. The rest of the characters are a mix of different associates within the crime world.

Performance wise we have good performance from Ian Ogilvy as Richie with Billy Murray being the great villain of the piece. All the performances are good with most of the cast being the guys you would expect to see in the gangster style movies. Vaz Blackwood does give us a scene stealing performance in this film too.

StoryThe story is a sequel to ‘We Still Kill the Old Way’ and this time we continue to see how Richie can keep everything under control, the story revolves around breaking one man out of prison with the problems that could intel. We do get to have moments where we see the older character’s poke fun at how things have changed in the game they have made their own.

CrimeThe crime world has been created in the first film, this is the next chapter as we see old enemies and friends work together in this gritty crime thriller.

SettingsMost of the movie takes place inside the prison which shows how the two worlds are similar for the characters involved.

Final ThoughtsNot being the biggest fan of the British Gangster films, I did find myself enjoying this because of the colourful characters not being to extremely stereotyped and the heist side of the film.

 

Overall: Gritty British Gangster movie that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

Rating

 

 

Stalker (2010)

logoDirector: Martin Kemp

Writer: Martin Kemp (Screenplay) Martin Kemp, Jonathan Sothcott, Phillip Barron, James Kenelm Clarke (Story)

Starring: Jane March, Anna Brecon, Jennifer Matter, Danny Young, Billy Murray, Colin Salmon, Deo Simcox, Triana Terry

 

Plot: A writer struggling with her second novel is terrorised by a homicidal PA.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Unsuspenseful Thriller

 

Story: We start by following our struggling writer being pushed into taking a break to focus on her next book. We also meet a hounding journalist who wants an interview with the author but her publicist won’t agree to it. As the book is struggling a new PA is sent to take away all the pressure the author is having, but with her nightmares haunting her she struggles to find a direction. With the reporter trying to track our author down through other routes our writer still struggles while her PA tries to offer a helping hand, before showing her darker side. As the time away continues our PA starts to take over writing duties while our author gets lost trying to figure about a mysterious little boy.

The idea sounds pretty good on paper, but what really lets this down in the lack of any suspense, we have a lot of build with very little happening, we then have a couple of random snap scenes but in the end it all ends in a blur. We can see the final twist coming off a mile away and this twist really makes all the build-up rather pointless. The ghost like mystery seems to get forgotten half way through even though we do learn who it was, the scares just dry up and become a thing you forget about. This ends up coming off feeling like a bad episode of a television drama where things might get wrapped up nicely but they end up offering nothing interesting. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jane March: Linda the PA sent to help Paula with her work, who comes off very friendly. She does have a dark side after taking over writing duties and controlling everything. Jane gives a solid performance with the being able to switch emotional state easily. (6/10)

 

Anna Brecon: Paula Martin our author who is sent to the country to relax and refocus on her new novel. She lets the PA take over while she is dealing with nightmares which could be telling her a truth she hides from. Anna gives a solid performance but struggles with a few of the final moments of the film scenes. (5/10)

 

Jennifer Matter: Sara Phillips publicist who wants to protect her client from the world while she writes her book. She thinks everything is going well but she doesn’t know the truth. Jennifer gives a solid performance, having a perfect look for a publicist. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Most of the support cast offer small gaps to fill in story but really only used for ways to expose Linda’s true identity.

 

Director Review: Martin Kemp – Creates the setting, the outline of the story well but fails to build the suspense needed for this to be a solid thriller. (5/10)

 

Horror: Offers a couple of early scares, but then seems to forget about them. (4/10)

Thriller: Even though this should pull you in it ends up leaving you losing interest early on and never manages to pull you back in. (3/10)

Settings: The isolation setting works with the story and leaves our lead stranded. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this could be one to miss, it doesn’t offer anything fresh to the ideas of a horror thriller. (Skip It)

 

Best Part: I liked the idea of a ghost story.

Worst Part: I didn’t like that it was almost forgotten.

What Could Have Been Better? – Make up its mind where the story wants to go.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: When Paula Martin wakes up, the nightmare doesn’t end.

 

Overall: Flat, Dull and rather boring

Rating 30

Zombieland (2009)

Director: Ruben Fieischer

Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Billy Murray

 

Story The world has been over run by zombies; Columbus (Eisenberg) a nerdy loner has set out rules for surviving Zombieland. On his travels he meets no nonsense Tallahassee (Harrelson) who enjoys just killing zombies in as many different ways a possible.

 

Tallahassee has an obsession with finding Twinkies, while looking in a supermarket they meet Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock (Breslin) who end up stealing their ride and weapons. Columbus and Tallahassee search for new vehicle on to car jack again but this time the four stick together and set out on a journey to an amusement park near Los Angeles.

 

With the rules being told as the story unfolds can the unlikely team survive and make it to through Zombieland?

Verdict This action comedy is one of the best around, never taking any scene too serious with out making it a complete joke. Even though the characters are all different they come together very well and unlike most zombie films they unite rather than fight against each other. Most scenes are set in certain building and the only big location used is the amusement park to great effect. The pop up rules are a nice touch making it feel like a story being told from a book or even video manual on surviving Zombieland.

Story Mark 9/10 Good story and well-developed characters giving great re watch value.

Action Mark 9/10 The action scene is does have a among the best zombie action scenes especially the ones in the amusement park.

Comedy Mark 9/10 Best zombie comedy movie made but its action makes it the best, as the comedy is great.

Star Performances All four leads shine hard to pick the best performance

Favourite Character Tallahassee wise cracking one-liners and over the top zombie kills what isn’t to like

Best Part Bill Murray’s cameo

Worst Part if your picky you could say no love interest for Tallahassee but otherwise nearly perfect

Best Quote Tallahassee ‘Here’s the deal, I’m not easy to get along with, and I’m sensing you’re a bit of a bitch’

Similar Too – Shaun of the Dead

My Rating 93%