Down Terrace DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.9
Video 7.0
Audio 6.9
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 89
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer: Paul Bryce

7.5


Down Terrace

Films revolving around small time gangsters are generally quite cleverly written and best of all this quaint British film called Down Terrace definitely thinks outside the square. The story revolves around a father and his son who have recently been released from prison. Their goal is simple... revenge.

The patriarch of the family Ben (Robert Gill) and his son Karl (Robin Hill)  want to find out which of their colleagues ratted them out to the police and this is where all the fun begins that contains twists, humour and some nail biting sequences. The film could almost be like a stage play due to the relatively low budget surrounding this movie but don't let that influence you .

This story is written by Robin Hill and Ben Wheatley with Wheatley also directing the movie which contains very witty and clever dialogue, especially when their "investigation begins. Karl also has another issue on his plate and upon their celebratory "release" drinks with their friends, his girlfriend (Kerry Peacock) comes to visit, only to discover that she is heavily pregnant.

Just about every relationship in this film is dysfunctional and at times reminds me of the SBS series Shameless meets The Sopranos due to the many what the F**K moments between each and every character, specially with Ben and Karl. Even though the film is about two low life gangster thugs, the criminal aspect of the film for the most part does take a back seat which really created a surprise ending for me.

Another highlight in Down Terrace is Maggie (Julia Deakin), the wife of Bill and mother of Karl who although is accepting of her "boys", still requires their undying love but more importantly believes that without her, they are nothing. It also shines a light on those in long-term relationships that this is a warning to the word "comfortable". Deakin's portrayal of Maggie also brings this drama down to Earth and adds an element of black comedy as do the other character but she has a knack of delivering it successfully.

Video, Audio  & Conclusion

With some great performances from all involved, Down Terrace will hold you in its grip from its insightful yet narcissistic story that was a joy to watch on DVD. The quality of the DVD is acceptable but as the film was low budget, don't expect any miracles. There are some limited special features as well from the trailer to some additional and amusing mini featurettes. All in all, Down Terrance is a movie for those wanting something dark, different and deliciously devastating!

Special Features
 

Acting Test: Bill and Karl
Camera Test: Like father like son
Extended Scene: Bill talks about the 60s
Extra Scene: Bill and the Toad
The Amazing Wizards!!! Stunt Team sketches
Theatrical Trailer





 
 



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