Written and directed by Richard Jobson, this movie was released in 2008 and stars the ever reliable Dougray Scott as Alistair Raskolnikov with excellent leading support from Alistair Makenzie as Jamie Stewart. These two friends are rich and powerful private bankers, wealthy enough to be able to do practically anything they like and get away with it. They get their kicks by victimising people who are on the edge of society, the downtrodden, the poor or destitute, engaging in a twelve hour hunt where survival becomes paramount. Sean MacDonald becomes their latest victim. A teenager living with his sister, he discovers that she owes a considerable amount of money to some very dodgy characters and that her life is in danger. To repay her debt, he agrees to play the bankers game for money, but he has no idea of what he has let himself in for….
A sadistic game of hide and seek, this film has a lot to say about the influence that money has on our society. This is a well written thriller with an interesting central premise, set against the craggy and visually vibrant background of Edinburgh and it offers several surprises along the way. The cast are excellent as you would expect with Dougray Scott portraying Alistair’s sadism and madness to perfection creating a genuinely unnerving character who is very easy to despise. Liz White who made an impression in “Life On Mars” continues to develop her career with a strong performance as Alice, Sean’s beleaguered sister and James Anthony Pearson as Sean himself rises to the challenge of a difficult role with aplomb, giving one of the standout performances of the movie. And it even has the bonus of featuring a pre “Doctor Who” Karen Gillan in a small role.
The movie works on several levels,. As a British Film Noir, as a thriller as an action movie, with a lot of breakneck chase scenes set amongst the back streets of Edinburgh. Jobson makes the most of his location showing both the beauty and horror of the city. It didn’t have a big budget but as a character piece it didn’t need it, what any film like this needs is an excellent script played by fine actors and in this Jobson succeeded, giving himself a degree of commercial respectability in the process. Wild and exciting, this is a must see.
Director: Richard Jobson
Cast: Dougray Scott, Alistair Mackenzie, James Anthony Pearson
Nominations: BAFTA Scotland Award