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CREW, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
After a decade of meticulously planned heists with his crew led by Moby (Rory McCann) and Ratter (Kenny Doughty), respected crime boss Ged Brennan (Scot Williams) has learnt never to take unnecessary risks. But when a heist goes wrong and a notorious drug baron is brutally butchered, prompting rival crews to the brink of gang war, Ged's world is thrown into chaos. Facing betrayal all around him, and with his biggest heist approaching, Ged has to rely on his killer instincts as he fights for survival.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A tough crime movie from the UK, The Crew is a solid entry in the genre, with terrific performances from a largely unfamiliar cast. Scot Williams is Ged, the handsome leader of his crew, a street smart and unlikely thug with a pretty wife and a little daughter. The latter is his reason for trying to go straight - after one last, big heist. This sounds corny but it's actually presented rather well, not as the primary driver of the dramatic engine. That is left to the perfect storm of gang betrayal, tempting opportunity and competition from the Serbian gang led by Lepi (Goran Kostic).

Kenny Doughty and Rory McCann are Ratter and Moby, his lieutenants, both delivering rounded and interesting characters. Stephen Graham provides edgy support in the key role of Francis (Franner to his peers) and Cordelia Bugeja is great as Ged's wife, who gets into a tricky situation that derails Ged's plans.

The story makes an easy transition from book to screen, with a gripping scenario and lots of action - including of the sexual kind, which peppers the storyline to establish context for the lives these people lead, as well as character points.

The sound mixers get a little too excited by the music at times, tending to give it preference over the dialogue, which is irritating - but only matters when key lines are hard to catch. Otherwise the film is presented in a no-fuss, hard hitting style, with seamless design. Director Adrian Vitoria relishes the material and lets the sex scenes develop longer than most crime films have time for. In this case, that just adds to the texture.

Published August 13, 2009

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

CREW, THE: DVD (MA)
(UK, 2008)

CAST: Scot Williams, Kenny Doughty, Rory McCann, Stephen Graham, Cordelia Bugeja, Mem Ferda, Philip Olivier, Rosie Fellner, Raza Jaffrey, Goran Kostic

PRODUCER: Ian Brady, Stephen Salter

DIRECTOR: Adrian Vitoria

SCRIPT: Adrian Vitoria, Ian Brady (novel Outlaws by Kevin Sampson)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Hamilton

EDITOR: Justinian Buckley

MUSIC: James Edward Barker

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Vanessa Hawkins

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: All Interactive

DVD RELEASE: August 8, 2009







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