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Shank (2010)




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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 Shank delivers a ruthless vision of forthcoming urban life, where guns have been superseded by knives and are fiercely wielded by aimless youths.Amidst the chaos is the Paper Chazers gang, a rare morally conscious group who trade scavenged food for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 film, present-day social issues, and murky city streets, provide a canvas for imagination and action. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Shank

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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.

April 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Just when you thought grimy gang drama had run out of steam, along comes this dystopian variation, set in a recession-ravaged London 2015.

March 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

March 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/4

If this is the future of film then we're all doomed.

March 25, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Diverting enough, but the makers clearly think they're making a statement about knife crime in London and the possibility of it spiralling out of control.

May 18, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The risible script is incoherent, the dialogue frequently unintelligible and the story is nothing new.

March 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shank

There's not a lot of love out there for Shank, but I for one quite enjoyed it. I understand it won't be for everyone, and I do come into it with a bit of a bias, but the only way you'll know for sure if you can appreciate Shank (and decipher its various UK accents) is to watch it for yourself.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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"Everything about this film is mediocre. The acting, script, and directing. I could barely understand what some of the dialogue was. I even had the captions on and it said inaudible. So it wasn't just me. That's about all I gotta say about this flick."


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Excellent movie. A story that has a gay topic without being a typical "gay" movie. The writing, acting directing make this an quality movie. There is gratuitous nudity and sex scenes that my make some uncomfortable but still tastefully done.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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