Film Review: Tooting Broadway
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2/5 Like most cinema lovers, I am excited about the acclaim that British cinema has received over the past decade. Films like The King’s Speech, Wild Bill, Adulthood, and Ill Manors have opened the doors for amazing English filmmakers to showcase British talent to a world audience. Then there’s Tooting Broadway, which I can only assume is trying to ruin the progress that British film makers are making. The plotline itself had promise but falls on its low budget backside and stays there without making any attempt to stumble to its feet. This is a shame as the film begins with two characters in a car having a bit of light racist banter before they go and commit a gruesome crime that ignites the entire plot. The opening scene was clearly influenced by the opening scene in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, although it didn’t quite convey that cool dark element that Tarantino does so effortlessly. It was a good effort, then the film goes on and all is lost. The film takes place in 24 hours but keeps flashing back mostly to depict the most boring and unrealistic love story ever told, but we’ll get to that. 24 hours before the Tamil protests outside the Houses of Parliament, Arun (Nav Sidhu) returns home from a long absence, to stop his younger brother Ruthi (Kabelan Verlkumar) from committing a crime that could ruin his life. Arun is granted a day by his mysterious employer, Marcus (Oliver Cotton) to talk Ruthi round. Visually this film was awful and its low budget cannot be used as an excuse when you compare it to many other low budget films that worked despite its lack of funds.
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