DVD Review: The Fall Of The Essex Boys
British gangster films tend to be a bit hit and miss, but The Fall Of The Essex Boys was apparently based on real events and came with the pre-requsit R18 sticker, so I decided to give it a go.
Based on the true story behind Rise Of The Footsoldier, the film revolves around the 1995 execution of three drug dealers in a Range Rover on a back road in Chelmsford. The film is narrated by Nick Nevern who plays the role of Darren Nicholls, a wanna be gangster who runs with the drug dealers, and it’s essentially his word on the subject.
I’m not sure how much of the story holds water, but the boy sure does like to shout when he’s narrating. It gives the film some of it’s edgy energy, and fits the story quite well, but can be a bit off putting at first, making you feel like you may have done something wrong.
The film follows the meteoric rise and fall of the so called Essex Boys, and it’s a wild ride through the Essex underworld and some very violent and unforgiving people.
But not to fear, the police are on the case, but as usual, the thin blue line is always arriving too late to the party to be of any use.
The story takes some crazy turns and at times seems to be little more than an excuse to show violence and nudity, but at the same time shows quite well, that no matter how hard you think you are, how big you might become, if you’re dealing and using drugs, your days at the top are always going to be numbered.
Rating: R18 Violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes.
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