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However persuasively acted, this mélange of cinéma vérité, slapstick and murder - whose story has a lot in common with the recent Australian gangster film "Animal Kingdom" - has too many narrative gaps for its pieces to cohere satisfactorily.
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Down Terrace has frequently been appreciated as "The Sopranos meets Mike Leigh." But a more fruitful comparison might be to last year's stand-out British satire "In the Loop": In both films, verbal aggression makes for the biggest laughs and the surest signs of moral decay.
Cleverly channeling gangster tropes through a British kitchen-sink soap opera, TV scribe-helmer Ben Wheatley has concocted a nifty black comedy, with a little help from his friends, in Down Terrace.
The production comes by its authenticity naturally -- and not only because several of the cast members (fascinating faces all) happen to be related.
Down Terrace is long on talk but generates its own internal rhythms and pace that makes it feel bracing and vibrantly alive.
A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
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