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He is left with nothing but revenge on his mind so tracks them down to a Young Offenders Institution (YOI) and gets himself incarcerated to exact retribution. On the way he will have to deal with nasty screws, nasty inmates, nasty cops and some very nasty goings on indeed.
This then is a sort of `Scum' meets `Death Wish' and it is all done very well with a not very well known cast. There are some issues with plot and factual procedures re the police and even in the YOI, but that does not really mar what is actually a visceral and gritty piece of cinema. Special mention has to go to Shaun Dooley as nasty Prison Guard, Nash (`The Woman in Black'), who plays the ambiguous loser with aplomb. The language is all urban street and so for some they may wish they had sub titles, but it actually eases off as the film progresses and it all adds to the realism. Whilst it is violent, it does not play on those incidents as this is actually a moody thriller and the tension and underlying violence is palpable throughout.
The music is good, the direction is good and the acting is well good as some might say, all of the kids have attitude and pimp rolls. There is a walk on by a mad Scottish guy called Genghis played by new comer Brian Vernel and he was bloody genius, so keep an eye out for him.Read more ›
Offender clearly serves as a tribute to violent jail classics like Scum (1979) and Bad Boys (1983). The action is old-school and gritty, the soundtrack always keeps the energy going, and the acting is actually surprisingly good. Joe Cole does a great job as the unsmiling avenger, making sure everyone pays for their crimes.
This film is definitely worth buying.
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We couldn't hardly understand a word that was said, the music was horrid, and just a bunch of mess. We couldn't sit through even half of it. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by kimmiesm
Heavy accents, really hard for my wife and I to understand what they were saying. The movie is weird and I would wait to rent this one until you run out of all options for movie... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by K. Shaw