Capsule review: Down Terrace (2009)

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British director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Kill List) announced himself as a formidable and promising talent with his impressive debut film about gangsters, moles, doubts, bad decisions and repercussions. Real life father and son Robert Hill and Robin Hill star as a father-son gangster duo that have just gotten out of prison and are seeking information on the informant who may have sold them out. This is a slightly unusual gangster drama in that it is set mostly indoors – owing to low budget – and plays out like an understated dysfunctional family drama which at times veers into sitcom territory with its darkly comic elements. It’s a film whose strength lies largely in the lively and colorful dialogues and convincing performances from all the characters involved.

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