Worth a watch!
, 09 May 2012
I was looking forward to watching The Grind. Having been a fan of Jamie Foreman for years, and his fantastic turn in EastEnders over the last 6 months, this film looked interesting.
And was it any good? It was pretty good for a low budget film, to be fair. The story of a couple of mates, with one owing money to the other's boss is a familiar line. Martin Scorsese did this with Mean Streets nearly 30 years ago. But it works here in the Hackney setting.
Performances range from very good to average. Stand outs are Foreman and Danny John-Jules (Cat from Red Dwarf)
The Production values are good - visually it holds well, having gone for the gritty street realism of Nil By Mouth and Fish Tank. You can see the angle the Director had gone for in presenting a urban, street level feel.
There are minor issues. The female characters are underused, but the story is solid and the ending was quite unexpecting. The Vince character isn't great, it would have been better to have focused solely on the main character Bobby. And some of the dance scenes are great with the warehouse rave style feel.
The director has a strong visual sense, the locations are reminders of what many Londoners live through outside of the glare of the media. Jamie Foreman is at his most serious best, in fact his best performance in years and his character Dave is portrayed well in a calm and ruthless manner.
It's worth a watch, even just to see Danny John-Jules and Jamie Foreman in strong performances, and the evocative settings and visuals. And it's a whole lot better than some of the British dross out there.
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