, 28 Nov 2013
A bold attempt to update the recently neglected cycle of movie in the UK that involve the Asian experience. A lot of the movies to date have centred around stories set a few decades ago, so Everywhere + Nowhere is rare in that it considers characters that live in todays world. Its also refreshing because its not a gangster movie and it barely concerns anything crime related unlike the the very tired Twenty4K. Ash (JAMES FLOYD MY BROTHER THE DEVIL) is a college kid who is just dying to DJ at his local club alongside his sisters (SHIVANI GHAI) boyfriend, Ronnie (SIMON WEBBE ROLLIN WITH THE NINES). He has to played down these ambitions in the face of his domineering and traditionally Muslim and Pakistani brother, Ahmed (ALYY KHAN A MIGHTY HEART). His brother is highly critical of most things Ash gets involved in and generally hates the Western way of life. Ash works in Ahmeds corner shop to help pay the bills too. He discovers that his brother is having an affair, that one of his best friends (NEET MOHAN TRISHNA) has come under the sway of some potential terrorists at the Mosque, whilst struggling to make a relationship with a white girl work (KATIA WINTER) in spite of hostile and open criticism from his brother and some of his close friends. As you can tell, this is a very busy and confusing time for Ash as hes torn one way to be more Asian and another way to be more Westernised. James Floyd does a good job int he lead but better was yet to come when he landed the lead in My Brother The Devil. The majority of Everywhere + Nowhere follows mildly melodramatic and soapy plot arcs. Yet what sets this ahead is some good acting and a reasonably convincing script. Sadly it packs in way too much incident into a slender running time, whereas less in a onger time period would have let certain characters gorw beyond sidelined cliches. Adam Deacon puts in a nicely restrained well played performance as one of Ashs best pals but he gets very little to do, the same with Mr Asian rent-a-cameo Saaeed Jaffrey (MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE) and his understudy in waiting Art Malik (CLOCKWORK MICE). Fine actors in throwaway roles. Sadly the only character that could have done with getting the chop is James Buckley from The Inbetweeners. he stank as a cardboard cut-out matey character. His presence reminds you that you are in an Asian movie by being the sticky out token white guy. Who remember Karl Howman in Babylon? Its him all over again. Shame but hes awful. Mercifully its a cameo that barely impacts. Everywhere + Nowhere is further enhanced by shiny cinematography and a robust score. The clubs look like clubs, the houses look lived in and the corner shops are authentic. The world Everywhere + Nowhere occupies is recognisably our world, its real and lived in. The stories are convincing, its only the familiarity of the whole exercise, a few unsure performances and a clunky script that stop this from being one to recommend. So all in all, this film languishes in the middle ground its too good to classed as an awful film but not original enough to recommend. 5 out of 10 Largely ineffective but occasionally engaging teen-drama about growing up in Asian-England today.
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