I rather enjoyed this film, admittedly i only watched it to see Scot Williams, who i am on a one woman quest to marry one day. But i thought it was thoroughly entertaining. Rob, Louis and Danny were very likable and believable characters- the ending made my cry!! And i have always loved the brilliant Maxine peake!! This film is perhaps a good starting point for anyone wanting edgier British cinema without too much initial violence, as some of guy Ritchie's stuff etc can be over the top and unnecessarily nasty. Milesssssssssss better than that God-awful scouse film 'the crew' which was released almost simultaneously, although Scot Williams makes that worthwhile too… Give Clubbed a go.. its surprisingly good x
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning Danny (Mel Raido) is a lonely factory worker who tries to get by with his job and to be a good dad to his two daughters after a messy divorce from their mother (Maxine Peake.) But after an altercation with said daughters present at a Working Men's Club, he uses a trip to their dance class to take a glance at Louis (Colin Salmon) and his gang of hard men who train in the boxing gym/free weights section there and to train himself into a tougher, more assertive person. Before long he's taken the philosophies of Louis to heart and has joined him as a nightclub doorman as the 80s disco faze kicks in…but when associate Sparky (Scott Williams) tries to do a sideline in drug dealing, everything turns pear shaped.As Robert De Niro once stated in the film A Bronx Tale 'there's no bigger tragedy than wasted talent.' The writer of Clubbed had a good idea and a talent …
This film demanded a second take, especially because of the excellent twist at the end. And a second take still retained the virtual stomach punches and the empathy I felt for the fear and loathing pervading the lives of the bouncers. The shockingly crude language lends even more reality to the perilous nastiness that rules the doormen's existence.Yet within the scary setting there are some real belly-laughs:Louis: "Make a bit of noise and the whole army can be robbed of it's spirit. Sun Tzu." Louis exits. Sparky: "Who the **** is Sun Tzu?" Rob: "How do I know, I don't know all his mates do a?"Spotting which one was Neil Morrisey was quite a tease.Let me make myself 'crystal' it's expletive deletive brilliant British film-making.