A small group of aging London gangsters go on a killing spree when one of their ‘family’ is brutally murdered by a young and vicious street gang.
This is the basic premise of the new UK film ‘We Still Kill The Old Way’ out now on DVD and Blu Ray
But whilst that story description might be basic, there isnt anything basic about the film or its characters or the storyline that is unfolds over the 90 minutes or so.
From the writing talents of Dougie Brimson (Green Street, Top Dog), Gary Lawrence (in his first writing credit) and Sacha Bennett (Get Lucky, Bonded By Blood) comes this generational tales which pits old against young, experience against arrogance, and violence against violence and whilst the film does show us some pretty brutal scenes, none of them are out of place.
But lets put aside the story for a few moments.
What made this film for me was the cast that has been put together. Faces that I havent seen on screen for years such as Ian Ogilvy, Lysette Anthony, Alison Doody and Christopher Ellison stand on screen with newcomers such as Danny Boy Hatchard who plays the most vile of characters. But thats the point. Within seconds of seeing Danny Boy Hatchards character (Aaron) on screen, I wanted to reach through the screen and throttle him. Brilliantly played by Danny Boy Hatchard who Im sure is a very decent guy with a heard of cold, he brilliantly plays one of the most vile humans I have seen on screen for a while. Well played Danny!.
On the flip side of that is the character of Lauren, fantastically played by Dani Dyer in her first big role in a feature film (Dani previously appeared in a small role in the film Vendetta) Dani does a wonderful job here in We Still Kill The Old Way, standing toe to toe with actors who have been around for decades. In fact some of the best scenes of the film involve Lauren (Dani Dyer) and Richie (Ian Ogilvy) who have a sort of Father/Daughter vibe going on in the film after certain events intertwine their lives. This may be Dani’s first major role, but she has a great future ahead if she takes it. Its great to see that Dani is currently filming in the Neil Jones directed film Age of Kill (written by Simon Cluett) which is due out in 2015. Here in We Still Kill The Old Way, we the viewer are geniunely concerned about Laurens safety at several points in the running time. We want to get her out of that scary world, but we cant, so hope and prey that Richie will do it for us.
So is We Still Kill The Old Way worth watching? Well very much so yes. Its brutal, its well written, its well acted and whilst it does share a lot of ‘themes’ of Vendetta. (taking the law into your own hands), its a theme that worked in Vendetta, and works in this film too. Definately check it out if you want to be pretty entertained for an hour and a half by a great cast, in a very decent film., especially if you like a bit of the old vigilante style film like Get Carter, or Death Wish.
I was attracted to the film initially because it has Dougie Brimsons name attached. The guy hasnt let me down with his work yet, and also the name Sacha Bennett attached.as director who also hasnt let me down yet (although I have still to track down and watch his film Outside Bet)
They didnt let me down. I totally enjoyed We Still Kill The Old Way and hope you do too. Check out the trailer for the film.
Some of the following interview clips might give away minor spoilers, so id recommend watching them after youve seen the film, which is now out on DVD and Blu Ray from Anchor Bay UK