The Smoke

2014

Action / Crime / Romance / Thriller

21
IMDb Rating 4.2 10 296

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Alan Ford as Jack
Lili Bordán as Jodie
Yennis Cheung as Boa Ting
Jon Campling as Mr. Grimm
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698.11 MB
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1hr 29 min
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1hr 29 min
P/S 4 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 5 / 10

FREE YOUR MIND

Possible midpoint plot spoiler.

Brad Walker (Matt Di Angelo) gets his walking papers in the first few minutes of the film and his girlfriend also leaves him (Anna Passey) for his friend Tom (Christian Brassington). While doing a few lines on a bowl in a nightclub he overhears about a drop-off which he copies down because...he does. Then by coincidence the car doing the drop off just so happens to stop in front of the little cafe he is sitting at...facing the license plate of said car. While the driver leaves for a quick pit stop, Brad steals the car, makes the drop, collects the cash in what would seem to be a clean get away. Not only unbelievably do the bad guys figure out it is him, but a high price mobster prostitute lands in his lap the same day.

Now I don't mind one or two freakish events in a story. Heck, if you are going for a weird cult film, the more the merrier. However this film lacks the over the top grindhouse style to get away with a bunch of stuff that just wouldn't happen. I found the main characters to be dull. Our two stooges who botched things up were the only decently written characters as the talked about films, i.e. "Godfather vs Star Wars."

Could have been better.

F-bomb, sex, nudity (Lili Bordán, Anna Passey, Lindsay Armaou, Funda Önal, Nicola Kelleher ?)

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 2 / 10

Awful, and then some

I saw this film repackaged as London Payback, with a cover to make it look like a London gangster film. It really isn't. Instead what we get is an ultra-cheap romance/crime thriller in which a young man is having a very bad day and must use his wits and experience to see him through. This film feels very much like one of those cheaply-made Danny Dyer films set in London, except it's even worse than that. Somebody must have been convinced that Matt Di Angelo had the presence to hold a film together, but he really doesn't - and this is from somebody who liked him in EASTENDERS.

The gangster stuff that plays out is clichéd and unfunny, and features over the top performances from actors who typically play bit part or background actors in other gangster films (Stephen Marcus and Velibor Topic in particular) but are given leading roles here. Oh, and Alan Ford is on board too, playing yet another version of his villain character from SNATCH. Ricky Groves (Garry in EASTENDERS) has a cameo. From the first minute to the last, everything is predictable, and the quality of the camera-work is so poor that this looks like a homemade movie. Surely this has to be the lowest common denominator of the British gangster genre?

Reviewed by dextersmith71 7 / 10

A different take on the usual Brit gangster flick

From the start The Smoke feels a bit different from your usual gangster carnage flick from the Tanters and the Sothcotts of this world - which might be why those fooled by the mis-marketing of this romantic crime thriller as a "proper lads' film" might feel a little misled.

The producers seem to have tried to up the ante with chases through underground train stations, exploding cars and a Paris-set finale with a reformed hooker given a second chance in life (and a dalmatian!) at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Not your average gangster move.

And while they don't fully succeed in delivering the next Layer Cake or Lock Stock, at worst it feels like a noble failure.

Matt di'Angelo's turn as Brad, the lawyer having the baddest of bad days, deserves praise and plaudits - he's more than your average soap star and it shows. His co-star Lili Bordan oozes sex and vulnerability in equal measure with her damaged call girl Jodie. Without their performances, the film would possibly struggle to anchor but they act as a gel to the rest of the narrative. As good leads should!

You get the feeling that much of the film is on a cutting room floor somewhere though and that something bolder was on the cards. Jeff Leach, who plays Brad's best mate Dean, spoke about many of his best scenes not making the final cut for some reason, and Wikipedia refer to this 89 minute release as the "studio cut". So maybe a Director's Cut is bobbing around out there for people to really judge one day...

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