|Starring:||Tom Georgeson, Dave Roper, Paul McGann, Susan Lynch|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Mar 2004|
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Up and DownBy robertconnor (177 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 28 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This low budget Brit thriller follows all the standard Hollywood plot devices (feisty heroine, troubled hero, child-in-jeopardy, bad-boy villains) but uses a gritty, urban Northern English council estate as a backdrop.
After a fairly gripping start, Downtime settles into a formulaic scenario - four people trapped in a lift, hanging by threads. The script clunks from time to time, the bad boys are given no character development, and the 'quirky' hero quickly becomes irritating and cliched. Credit though to Susan Lynch for making Chrissy naturalistic and believable. She holds the entire film together, and gives it three stars.
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A little dissapointedBy awesum (12 reviews) from Uckfield , 30 Oct 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film really bugged me, it could have been amazing but there was so much going on and they gave Rob too many problems and annoyences so you just got a bit annoyed with him by the end of the film. I am biased as i love Paul Mcgann but i really think he did well with the frankly poor script he was given. I think if more time and effort had gone into improving the script this could have done really really well. It just felt the need to show the 'teens' as these fire obsessed phyco's and Rob as a whiny hero that doesnt want to be a hero and Rosie as a compulsive swearer that doesnt do much else.
I gave 2 stars after watching twice to see if it grew on me sadly it didnt maybe worth a watch but not much you can praise about this film.
very intenseBy markashley1961 (12 reviews) from Bristol , 16 Jun 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA man is called to a rundown tower block to prevent a woman from
committing suicide and killing her son. Finding himself attracted to
the woman he returns the next day to ask her out. Their real troubles
begin when they find themselves trapped in the lift.
This film combines urban decay, disaster, social tension and romance in
what initially seams to be a loose and ragged tapestry with dangling
threads and loose patches. Slowly the tension builds until you realise
that your fists have been clenched for more than half an hour, after
which there is a deceptive calm, VERY deceptive. I remember discussing
PULP FICTION, and the syringe moment, how tense it was seeing the
needle, knowing what was going to happen, and then the sudden shock of
Uma's eyes wide open. That was NOTHING. In DOWNTIME you are shown what
is going to happen, to the point where you cringe at the thought of it,
you are given plenty of time to take it all in, and you think to
yourself 'well, at least they won't show it, it will all be over with
fast and I can relax soon'. Well, not only do you have to wait for the
pain, you see it and have to live with it for another 5-10 minutes - I
swear I was in a foetal position at the end. Then, just when you think
the film is over, it all turns around again.
Quirky adventure movieBy a customer from Durham , 04 Dec 2008I really enjoyed the film because it did juggle with styles and genres. I think it used the cliches and played with them, although was a bit disappointed that it was filmed in Liverpool and not Newcastle...couldn't see the reasoning behind that. I found the adventure sequences quite gripping and they had me on the edge of my seat, also the way it tripped from thriller to love story really left you wondering where it would go next. Okay, it may not be high art but I thought it had some nice character development like the anti-hero hero but the 'bad boys' in the towere block were a bit one dimensional. All in all it made for a goode evenings entertainment but I'll never set foot in a lift again!!
Die Hard With ChavsBy Ian_Hiles (48 reviews) from England , 25 May 2008I've heard of films going into production without a finished script. They even film without a finished script. This, however, was edited and released while the writer was still scratching his head over plot points. And I'm talking PLOT POINTS in capital letters.
Just why does one of the floors to the lift shaft have missing doors? Why aren't these repaired/sealed? How does the gap between the lift and the shaft vary between normal, and enough for the worst Dr Who to climb through when needed? Don't live radio programmes have a delay to prevent people saying the wrong thing on air? Since when does setting fire to a lift control box cause it to go UP as well as down? What hosptal keeps a hand injury in a bed overnight?
And so on... There are plot lines that come in from nowhere, and some that are dropped. Some parts suggest comedy, but others are so downbeat, or at least try to be, that you think you've wandered into Eastenders. It wouldn't be so bad if it was really bad, but it's not. It's the action movie equivalent of dad dancing.
what a load of rubbishBy a customer from Newcastle, England , 05 Sep 2006no evern filimed in Newcastle all was done in Liverpool and Manchester. so why set in Newcastle dont waste your time like I did