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Mo Ali's futuristic knife-crime drama brings the dystopian environment of Children of Men and District 13 to London's East 17. Shank delivers a ruthless vision of forthcoming urban life, where guns have been superseded by knives and are fiercely wielded by aimless youths.Amidst the chaos is the Paper Chazers gang, a rare morally conscious group who trade scavenged food for money. After Chazers gang member, Junior (Kedar Williams-Stirling), witnesses his brother's murder, he must decide whether to get revenge or stick to the gang's moral code. In this fast-paced and artistic… More

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"There are a fair few good ideas in Shank -- a nicely-staged market scene featuring Colin Salmon and an animated fight scene being two -- but they don't come together into anything that even looks halfway like a movie."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"The film becomes a pummelling succession of indulgent flourishes that serve no narrative purpose."
‑ Michael Leader, Film4
"The whole of Shank is a misconceived mess with music video director Mo Ali forgetting to find an engrossing story to link a series of MTV-type scenes."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Shank boasts some lively direction and has a couple of nice ideas but is ultimately let down by a repetitive script, some poor performances and a dodgy central message."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The risible script is incoherent, the dialogue frequently unintelligible and the story is nothing new."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"With its jarring slang, reckless narrative and offbeat imagery, it's as close to being A Clockwork Orange for the Broken Britain generation as we have. It's up to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not."
‑ Dan Stewart, Little White Lies
"That the entire narrative can be easily compressed into a 90-second dream sequence says much more than the garbled anti-violence messages."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Just when you thought grimy gang drama had run out of steam, along comes this dystopian variation, set in a recession-ravaged London 2015."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"This is one of the dullest gang flicks ever to see the light of day..."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"If this is the future of film then we're all doomed."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
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