Essex Boys - Times Review


Last Update: 18 July 2000


15 July 2000

Source: The Times

Review

David Willoughby

DISPLAYING SHADES of GoodFellas, impressionable taxi driver Billy Reynolds, played by Charlie Creed-Miles is seduced into the underworld lifestyle after falling in with the recently released gangster, Jason Locke (Sean Bean). Following a lucrative honeymoon period, Reynolds soon finds himself in the middle of a gangster turf war. This is a superior addition to the British gangster genre thanks to some tight plotting, strong performances (most notably Alex Kingston as Jason's maltreated wife), and imaginative use of the Essex locations. The film's noir-ish rendering of Southend seafront's neon-lit landscape, pitching it somewhere between hell and a down-at-heel Las Vegas, is particularly memorable.

 

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