Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cardboard gangsters

Beyond the canals! Four new dealers in the Dublin suburb of Darndale cross paths with an established drugs gang. One of them gets involved with the rival leader's wife. From the first scene with them as the kids it's like a clich├ęd rap movie from the 1990s starring Gavin Kelty! Full of dimwits who don't learn from their actions and keep making silly decisions. You can see exactly what's going to happen: the rival leader's son getting off his bike hiding a hand in a pocket; Connors turning back at the airport. Some scenes are too brief and don't ring true: Connors pulls a gun on Smallhorne (director of the supberb 2by4), the ex-girlfriend agreeing after a few seconds to move over to Spain, where's Connors' bedroom-DJ system?, the pair of cops who look like they're in a different movie, the fourth gang member disappearing at the end, why didn't Smallhorne already know about Connors' supplier? Unlike most Irish titles it has energy and the fast pacing keeps you hooked. There's a lot going on here. The best parts are the short pauses in the story to show kids on motor bikes or an aeroplane in the sky.

Title: Cardboard gangsters
Genre: Crime
New/old: New
Cinema/DVD: Cinema

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