Hooligan Escape The Russian Job (2018)

Hooligan Escape The Russian Job (2018)
Hooligan Escape The Russian Job posterRating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Nicholas Winter
Writer: Nicholas Winter
Stars: Ali Bastian, Guy Faulkner, Charlie Wernham, Ben Freeman
Runtime: N/A
Rated: N/A
Genre: Crime
Released: 14 May 2018
Plot: Five British men have been arrested following some trouble with rival Russians. After being gassed and kidnapped, the group awake and realise they have been taken from their cells and are ...

Hooligan Escape The Russian Job (2018)

Hooligan Escape The Russian Job (2018) talks about five British men have been arrested following some trouble with rival Russians. After being gassed and kidnapped, the group awake and realise they have been taken from their cells and are now trapped in a derelict warehouse with no way of escape. Someone is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to get it.

Released on digital download and DVD,  Nicholas Winter does a fine job of spinning an interesting story that could be seen as just another entry in an over saturated genre.  He raises the stakes by giving us Russian dialogue (and English subtitles), led by an intimidating Oleg Hill as Dimitry, instead of giving us actors speaking English in Russian accents and it pays off for him.  The relentless Dimitry works well against the far more reflective nature of Leighton, with both prone to explosive acts of violence for very different reasons.

Though it may bear the name Hooligan Escape, this isn’t an all out episode of frenzied violence.  Winter tries to humanise his characters as much as possible, giving the lion share of character development to Freeman.  Watching his friend’s reactions as Ed shows how far he will go to save them, you see what Winter is aiming to do with his lesser of two evils approach.

Winter avoids reducing Bastian’s character, Veronika, to the blonde haired beauty that would have been so easy to write.  He gives her a hardened edge that avoids her instantly becoming an object of lust for the masculine characters.

Largely filmed with handheld cameras, it really doesn’t help the production, especially during the fight scenes.  There’s a lot of wobbly close up work, even when there’s no need for there to be, and it makes an unsettling experience that sometimes robs the performances of the tension that they’re trying to deliver.

The camera work may be variable, but there’s some good cinematography in here.  Torture and violence scenes are well constructed so that they’re not overly graphic but let you know what’s going on; the fight scenes, by contract, aren’t as tight as the filming would necessitate.

Mostly strong performances, an interesting script and variable camera work – it’s certainly not a bad film within its genre, and it does have some stand out sequences in the extents Oleg and Ed go to in order to get what they want and the portrayal of violence as the ultimate form of power.  The limiting factor here may very well be the title as it suggests that film to be something it isn’t.

Hooligan Escape: The Russian Job isn’t a film you can just stick on in the background, the subtitles put an end to that idea, but it still manages to be a decent film to watch with a beer and pizza.

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