Rent Rise of the Footsoldier II (2015)

2.8 of 5 from 37 ratings
1h 47min
Rent Rise of the Footsoldier II (aka Reign of the General) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
It's early 1997 and we pick up with our hero - a shadow of his former self - following the murder of his three close friends. Still mourning, and amidst ongoing fears of further retribution, Carlton must fight to regain his place in the criminal underworld. Paranoid and hostile, and taking work for granted, circumstances soon conspire to place him at the heart of what might just be his final job. Can Carlton hold his nerve one last time in an attempt to save his own life?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Andrew Loveday
Writers:
Ricci Harnett
Aka:
Reign of the General
Studio:
Signature Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/12/2015
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Making Of
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/12/2015
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Making Of
  • Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Rise of the Footsoldier II

Essex at its Worst - Rise of the Footsoldier II review by DJ

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18/04/2020

This film is very similar to those American films where they speak the vernacular that few outside the area will understand.  It is brilliantly acted and directed.  I was born in this area and I assure you, these people actually exist.  Carlton took a wrong turn early in life and then found he was inextricably involved in a criminal network from which he later became desperate to escape.  Initially seeking retribution, he found he needed cocaine to go into battle ... and a lot of it.  He was later to realise that he was getting too old for this life, so eventually cleaned himself up in a bid to give up the life of crime.  He had a wife and kids, whom he loved dearly.  

The acting throughout was so good, everything became incredibly real.  From the technical point of view, this film is extremely well directed, the lighting dramatic and the dialogue audible.  However, unless you actually live in London or the surrounding areas, it is unlikely you will understand the dialogue.  In this respect it is in need of subtitles, as there are few consonants uttered.  Maybe, this is the reason that it carried such verite.  The casting director gathered a collection of talent actually from the area of the film's location, and that is what made it so real.  The talent didn't so much act their parts, as live them.  There are no silly theatrics in this film, no James Bond, no superhero fantasy ... it is frighteningly real ... all of it.  In fact, there is hardly a place on this planet, where the violence exceeds what this film depicts.  For me, it was a docudrama, brilliantly portrayed, yet shocking.

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