Essex Boys - The Independent

Last Update: 14 July 2000

13 July 2000

Source: The Independent

Essex Boys (18)
Director: Terry Winsor
Starring: Sean Bean, Charlie Creed-Miles, Tom Wilkinson

A pronounced televisual pedigree is reinforced by the familiar faces of a half-dozen character actors and a plot calculated to wind up Middle England. Yet there's something interestingly rank about the proceedings here, with Bean giving a strong turn as the recently-released, embittered jailbird out to make up for lost time in a morass of cockney geezers, shotguns and spiked drugs. Just as the increasingly horrible British gangster revival seems to offer no pleasures, director Winsor has come up with a proper, modulated drama rather than an empty exercise in stylised violence. * * *


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