Twentyfourseven

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Sports

THE FULL MONTY took it all off; BRASSED OFF blew flugelhorns. Now, up-and-coming UK director Shane Meadows steps into the boxing ring, where a group of demoralized, working-class Brits find dignity and a sense of self-worth. In a dank and dying Midlands town, Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins) has a bright idea: Why not start up a local boxing club so the lads will...read more

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THE FULL MONTY took it all off; BRASSED OFF blew flugelhorns. Now, up-and-coming UK director Shane Meadows steps into the boxing ring, where a group of demoralized, working-class Brits find dignity and a sense of self-worth. In a dank and dying Midlands

town, Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins) has a bright idea: Why not start up a local boxing club so the lads will have a place to knock one another about while discovering their identities? Darcy is himself a casualty of the post-Thatcher recession and understands the kind of despondency that can lead to

depression, drug addiction and alcoholism. Good thing, too -- Darcy has his hands full with this lot, and it's all he can do to keep them in training and out of trouble. Meadows clearly likes the dramatic potential of the setup, but he's not really willing to do the hard work. Aside from the

predictable substance-abuse problems, abusive households and Darcy's blurry bit of back story, we never really get a sense of any of these guys, or what happened to make their unnamed town into a black hole of misery that threatens to suck the life right out of them. It's certainly a stylish

enough film -- the black-and-white photography is suitably grainy, the soundtrack seductively soulful -- and Meadows earns points for forgoing the requisite feel-good ending. But rather than the solid blow to the heart it should have been, the film's punches feel pulled.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: THE FULL MONTY took it all off; BRASSED OFF blew flugelhorns. Now, up-and-coming UK director Shane Meadows steps into the boxing ring, where a group of demoralized, working-class Brits find dignity and a sense of self-worth. In a dank and dying Midlands t… (more)

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