Dead Man Running – Review (Film)

Dead Man Running

Dead Man Running tells the story of Nick (Tamer Hassan), his colleague Bing (Danny Dyer) and their desperate struggle to raise £100k to pay back the loan that a gangster, Thigo (50 Cent) has called in.

Nick is taken for a chat with Thigo, who tells him he has 24 hours to come up with the cash or he’ll have him killed. And so starts a fairly madcap adventure that focuses on Nick and Bing’s friendship and the crazy journey they undertake to pay off the money.

I’m not a massive fan of the whole cockney gangster genre – sure I liked ‘Lock, Stock’ and even preferred ‘Snatch’ – but I always find these types of films since then to be fairly poor.

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Dead Man Running is easily the best film of this type since Snatch but it doesn’t quite match up to Guy Ritchie’s films lofty status as national treasures.

50 Cent is pretty good in an understated role and Tamer Hassan is believable as Nick. Danny Dyer is his usual on screen persona and Brenda Blethyn is excellent as Nick’s Mum.

The story, of course, isn’t believable for one minute but it is great fun and well paced – clocking in at 90 minutes means it never drags.

I really enjoyed Dead Man Running and with the right marketing campaign it could be a successful film, particularily in the DVD market as a bit of a cult favourite.

Rating: 7/10

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