"Borrowed Time" tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a hapless young burglar, Kevin (Theo Barklem-Biggs) and his eccentric victim, pensioner Philip (Phil Davis). Desperate for cash and short on options to pay back local tyrant 'Ninja' Nigel, Kevin breaks into Philip's house, only to be held hostage by the old man at gunpoint. What follows is a bittersweet comedy about growing up and rediscovering youth in parallel, as the burglar and victim form a bond that will help them both find a way out of their respective troubles.
Cartoon-ish drama better suited to TV - but worth watching
- Borrowed Time review by PV
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The first thing to say about this film is 1) it's a state-subsidised British film (BBC/lottery/BFI funding) so I doubt anyone went to see it or that anyone much cares because it got subsidy; 2) it's a simple drama with cartoon 2-dimensional characters so is MUCH better suited to TV than film.
Having said that, I found it enjoyable and it was mercifully short.
The old man played by great actor Phil Davies is a classic character (though in fairness Phil Davies doesn't really look old enough to be so decrepit. And how does he afford a house that must be worth a million on a teacher's salary eh?)
The small boy was great and added humour. Some good gags and dialogue in this.
Less convincing is the kung-fu scouser thug and his sidekick - in real life they'd just stab enemies or beat em up, not be scared off by a girl! And I saw that plot twist coming an hour before it did.
Some lines lifted from Dirty Harry and a plot lifted from Oliver Twist too.
The teenage black gang and the white hooligans acting black is all to true to life - and one reason I no longer live in London, mugging capital of Europe.
So, all in all a fair effort BUT why not make things like this for TV. There is NO NEED for public subsidy to put them on film - they're essentially domestic dramas, and perfect for BBC 2.
But as a character study of an old man, it's great.