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The Rise

Taking the Rise
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • Directed by: Rowan Athale
  • Written by: Rowan Athale
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Matthew Lewis, Iwan Rheon

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A terrific heist thriller with a distinctly British sensibility, Taking the Rise marks an impressive first feature from writer/director Rowan Athale. There are echoes of The Usual Suspects and Jackpot as bloodied and battered ex-con Harry Treadaway faces interrogation from skeptical police officer Timothy Spall. Flashbacks reveal Treadaway’s determination to exact revenge on the local crime boss who framed him. He enlists three friends for a robbery on a working men’s club that doesn’t go quite according to plan. Set in a Britain where the skies are as grey as the lives, this is noir with a social conscience, sarcastic banter and great blokey chemistry.

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