Twenty8k (2 stars)


Stylish East London set drama let down by a weak plot

Co-written by TV stalwart Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless) and Jimmy Dowdall, Twenty8k attempts to weave an intricate tale of gang warfare, police and political corruption and media manipulation in East London in the run-up to the Olympics.

Former ER star Parminder Nagra plays fashion executive Deeva who returns from Paris to help try and clear her teenage brother's name after he becomes the chief suspect in a gang murder. Teaming up with an ex-flame and former gang member Clint (Jonas Armstrong) she soon finds herself tackling all sorts of adversaries, including a high-ranking cop (Stephen Dillane) with powerful connections.

Twenty8k boasts stylish direction from David Kew and Neil Thompson that makes good use of its London locations as well as a number of solid performances from its reliable and very familiar cast, which also includes Nichola Burley, Kierston Wareing and This Is England's Michael Socha. But it is badly let down by some silly plotting that negates the film's ability to be taken seriously and a screenplay that all too often reduces a lot of the characters to stereotype. On top of that a belated twist can be seen from a mile off, which given the combined talents of all involved feels a little harder to forgive.

Selected release from Mon 10 Sep.

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  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Kew, Neil Thompson
  • Written by: Paul Abbott, Jimmy Dowdall
  • Cast: Parminder Nagra, Kaya Scodelario, Stephen Dillane
  • UK release: 10 September 2012

Fashion executive Deeva (Nagra) returns from Paris to pre-Olympics East London after her teenage brother becomes a murder suspect. Despite stylish direction and solid performances from a reliable cast, it's let down by silly plotting and stereotypical characters – which, given that Paul Abbott is a co-writer, is hard to…