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Sugarhouse - Film Review & Movie Trailer

Review Date: August 21, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Starring: Ashley Walters, Steven Mackintosh, Andy Serkis

 

Sugarhouse movie review

If you're down for a British gangster flick that packs the punch of Snatch or Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Sugarhouse isn't for you.  It has a lean plot, a slow burn, and a skeleton  crew of actors.

 

But what it lacks in pacing, it makes up for in acting, tension, and twists.


Sugarhouse tells the story of a middle-class Brit on a mission to make a mysterious purchase from D, a paranoid London crackhead. But as the deal moves forward, an inked-up local coke dealer winds up in the mix.  What follows is a cat-and-mouse game with violent repercussions.

What's great about Sugarhouse is that it always maintains its gritty feel, even when the film plods along. There's quality cinematography, and the cast is on-point.  Andy Serkis did such a convincing job as the thugged-out coke slinger Hoodwinked that I didn't immediately realize this was Smeagol AKA Gollum from Lord of the Rings (yeah yeah, Hip Hop heads watch LOTR too).

 

If you're not already up on Ashley Walters, better known as rapper Asher D from the So Solid Crew, start paying attention.  Already having appeared in a few urban flicks, Walters gives an eerily accurate performance as D, the scheming crackhead.  Asher D holds it down not only in his portrayal of a basehead, but as a man tortured by personal demons.


One of the most surprising aspects of this film was that as it progresses, the characters gain much more depth.  By the film's conclusion, revelations are made that offer a different perspective on the major characters involved.

 

If I had a beef about Sugarhouse, it was that the film tends to drag on.  There's entirely too much dialogue, and the movie tends to lurch along with only a few brief moments of violence.  Put better, this could have worked out just as well as a one-hour crime drama on cable TV.


Overall, Sugarhouse is worth a rent if you dig gritty crime flicks.  While it lacks the spark, the witty dialogue and the action of a Guy Ritchie flick, it's still enjoyable.  Definitely add this one to your Netflix queue tonight.

 

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