Top Customer Reviews
Sugarhouse follows the story of a middle-class Brit who attempts to make a mysterious purchase from a paranoid crackhead. But as the deal progresses, a violent and tatted-up local drug dealer ends up in the mix only to complicate things further. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game with a dangerous conclusion.
The good news about Sugarhouse is that it always maintains a gritty feel, even when it plods along. The cinematography is good, and the cast does a solid job. Andy Serkis does such a convincing job as a thugged-out coke dealer that I hardly realized it was the same actor from the Lord of the Rings. Ashley Walters also does a spot-on performance as a crackhead with personal demons that go beyond drug addiction.
What surprised me the most was that as the film progresses, the characters gain more depth. By the movie's end, revelations are made which offer a different perspective on the characters involved.
My biggest complaint about the film is that it tends to drag on. There's a bit too much dialogue, and the movie just seems to plod along with only a few brief interjections of violence. It felt as though the entire film could have been stuffed into a one-hour TV show with better effect.
As a fan of foreign crime thrillers, I thought Sugarhouse was definitely worth the rental. While it lacks the spark, witty dialogue and action of a Guy Ritchie flick, I still found it enjoyable. Definitely gives this one a watch.
The one good thing was Andy Serkis. As soon as you see him, you see his powerful, Herculean backside and they don't just show it once. If you have been saddened that Michael Chiklis have never filmed in the raw, Mr. Serkis is a good substitute. His tattoos may distract, but he's your man if you like burly, beefy types.
For all I know, this may have been imitation "Reservoir Dogs" too. If you like machismo and bloodshed, then you will like this genre. Still, there is something about this film that is just sub-standard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie, was so slow that I had to force myself to sit through it . In the end I just can't find anything positive to say about this viewing experience I think my initial... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by jonny irish
I was interested in Andy Serkis movies after Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Thus, Sugarhouse. I received my order within four days of purchasing and I think the movie was pretty... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by L. Boone