|THE LAST YELLOW (director: Julian Farino; screenwriter: Paul Tucker/from the play by Paul Tucker; cinematographer: David Odd; editor: Pia Di Ciaula; music: Adrian Johnston; cast: Mark Addy (Frank), Alan Atherall (Donut), Charlie Creed Miles (Kenny), Samantha Morton (Jackie), Kenneth Cranham (Len), Glen Cunningham (Militaria Shop Owner), Nicola Stephenson (Karen), James Hooton (Keith), Steve Sweeney (Graham), June Watson (Frank's Mom), Emil Marwa (Moose); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Jolyon Symonds; Capitol Films; 1999-UK/Ger.)|
|"Mildly entertaining dark comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
Brit TV drama director Julian Farino ("Our
Mutual Friend"/"Byron"/"Oranges"), in his film debut,
directs this mildly entertaining dark comedy to be
more as a TV episode than a feature movie. Paul Tucker
writes the script based on his play.
dwelling, unemployed, mullet-wearing, obese, loser
Frank (Mark Addy) is given the boot by his mom (June
Watson) and thereby boards in a cheap B&B with the
nerd Kenny (Charlie Creed-Miles), his
wheelchair-bound vegetable brother Keith (James
Hooton) and their drunk father Len (Kenneth
Cranham). After Frank falsely boasts about his
service as a former Special Air Services
soldier, Kenny hires him to kill the Cockney thug Donut
(Alan Atherall), who disabled, in a
street fight, his brother. This requires
Frank to steal a gun and go with Kenny to South
London, where they take Donut's manipulative
girlfriend Jackie (Samantha Morton) hostage
in the hi-rise apartment she shares with Donut. The
film offers no character or narrative depth, as it
only asks how it will end for Donut. But
I still enjoyed it, as I got a few laughs out of it.
REVIEWED ON 5/15/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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