Charlie Casanova (★★★ Empire Review)

CharlieCasanovaSquareEver since Cagney scaled the top of the world, filmmakers have enjoyed having their cake and eating it (or putting a file in it), celebrating the criminal lowlifes they pretend to condemn. There’s no such duplicity in writer-director Terry McMahon’s micro-budget debut, an uneven yet indelible stream-of-consciousness satire about a vulgar, domineering, middle-class sociopath. After getting away with a hit and run, Charlie (Hollyoaks’ Emmett Scanlan) declares himself above such petit bourgeois concepts as law and morality, dragging his friends into a weekend of dubious moral choices, with actions decided (with echoes of Luke Rhinehart’s ‘Dice Man’) on the turn of a card. Entirely dominated by Scanlan’s grotesquely amplified performance, and likely to prove as divisive as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson, it sounds the arrival of a promising new talent like a foghorn across the Irish Sea. ★★★

About David Hughes: Published Work

Empire and Time Out film critic, screenwriter of award-winning drama "Where the Road Runs Out", and MD of movie marketing agency Synchronicity, and author of books about Kubrick, Lynch and films that were never made.

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