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New Town Killers [Blu-ray] [Import allemand]
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Cat & mouse thriller tells the story of two bankers who offer Sean the chance to clear his sister s debt on the condition that he can hide from them for 12 hours on the streets of Edinburgh. Sean accepts the offer and soon realises it s a tragic game of life and death that the bankers will stop at nothing to win.
Sean, 16 ans, vit avec sa soeur dans la banlieue d'Edimbourg. Elle est criblée de dettes et lui survit de petits boulots. Un soir, il se voit offrir par deux mystérieux hommes d'affaires une proposition qu'il ne peut pas refuser : les dettes de sa soeur seront effacées s'il survit aux 12 prochaines heures. Une chasse à l'homme sans relâche va commencer dans les rues de la ville... --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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Here's the scoop. Sean is a young punk in London. His sister spends more than she makes and is now in debt to a shark for 12K. Her only way to erase the debt is to mule some drugs for him. Sean is approached by a businessman and offered one thousand dollars and a key to a locker where there is another eleven thousand waiting for him. All he needs to do is "hide" until 9:00 a.m. the next morning. He needs to help sis so he agrees. During the game he realizes that being found means being dead so, of course, he needs to outwit his pursuer.
Unlike previous versions of this scenario, this is set in urban surroundings. One would think Sean should ace this without even breaking a sweat. But his pursuer has done a lot of work up front so Sean's options become limited. The bad guy (played by Dugray Scott) is a wealthy financier. He lives alone and seems to despise pretty much everyone beneath him. They even give him a protracted "agent Johnson" type soliloquy concerning his disdain for most humans. On his end he's interviewing a guy for a position in the firm. Said imterviewee is with him on the hunt because Dugray wants to see how far this guy will go to succeed. There are a lot of nifty twists and turns, but other things happen that are counter-intuitive so it drags things down. I started losing interest during the second act but, something crucial happens that drew me back in. Now the third act starts and I'm back into it.
The directing and cutting are generally decent. The acting is Okay with Scott being the stand-out. The music is good. It doesn't slap you around, it merely underscores the action. Some of the dialogue is clunky as is the way a few scenes are written. This is a good watch, it just could have been better.
The rule of the "game" is simple. If Sean can "hide" for the twelve hours beginning from today's 9 p.m., Sean wins the game and gets the money - money enough to pay back his sister's debt. Sean agrees, but soon he learns that the game is much deadlier than he imagined.
"New Town Killers" opens promisingly with stylish opening credits and decent acting from the leading actors, but soon things start to look too silly. Though I cannot reveal the details of Sean's predicaments, I have to say he is not a very smart kid. The story is not set in some deserted island or uninhabited mountains, so there are so many options he can take (with cash in hand), which somehow he ignores all.
The film wants to say something about moral and society (the surname of the "baddie" is Raskolnikov), but it is not clear what it is. As a suspense movie "New Town Killers" is not effective, either. It uses conventions of the thriller of this type, thrillers featuring the hunter(s) and the hunted like "The Most Dangerous Game," but the 100-minute film by writer and director Richard Jobson loses steam pretty early on, before reaching its disappointing conclusion.
Interestingly, Richard Jobson was a member of the Skids back in 1979. The theme song, "New Town Killers", marks Richard Jobson's first official song writing in over 15 years.