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Movie Review: Plastic

By Edited Oct 14, 2015 0 0

Certificate 15, 102 minutes

Director: Julian Gilbey

Stars: Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen

Plastic opens, very briefly, at a car crash, but this opening is far too brief to get a handle on what may have happened. It only gives the impression that whatever does happen is unlikely to end well. Sam (Ed Speleers), Fordy (Will Poulter, The Maze Runner, We're the Millers), Yatesey (Alfie Allen, John Wick) and Rafa (Sebastian De Souza) are students at the (fictional) Greater London University who are running a number of scams; credit card fraud, identity fraud (although they don't appear to be doing complete identity theft) and a bit of blackmail on the side. They are using the cloned and stolen credit cards to buy legitimate goods, which are then sold on for cash. The group are essentially working in teams of two, with Sam and Fordy as one team and Yatesey and Rafa the other. Sam and Yatesey are the leads in their respective teams, and Sam is in overall charge of the operation.

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During one of the scams they pull off, they make a mistake and fall afoul of Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hitman: Agent 47), a criminal who operates at a different level to them, and are given an option - either pay off their debt to him or die. The debt Marcel says is owed to him is £2,000,000, which is leagues beyond their current levels of scams. This means they need more help, and recruit Frankie (Emma Rigby), a girl in Sam's class whom he rather fancies and who also works for a credit card company, giving them access to marks with larger credit limits than their current ones - hundreds of thousands of pounds instead of thousands or tens of thousands.

To target these marks properly, they fly out to Miami, but divisions in the group - mostly caused by the rather unpleasant Yatesey, threaten the operation, and they are left seeking an even bigger score in order to raise the £2,000,000 needed before the literal deadline.

The group are in general portrayed as probably nicer than they actually are, with Sam in particular being the smooth, genuine seeming one, and that doesn't appear to be an act - which is at odds with some of the things he says and does. Only Yatesey is truly portrayed in a negative way, appearing to be what can only be described as a complete sociopath and, if you look into it, everything bad that happened was because of his actions.

This film is supposedly based on a true story, but it seems likely that any true story behind it has been jazzed up a lot. There is a fairly complex plot designed to pull of the biggest, and final, operation, but this feels like it should have taken up a larger proportion of the film. There is quite a bit of bad language, some partial nudity and some bloodshed, a lot of the latter two seem to be simply added because they could, rather than to truly add anything. Plastic isn't a bad thriller, but forget the bit about it being based on a true story, and just enjoy the rest.
Plastic egdcltd 2014-05-08 3.5 0 5
3.5/5
Plastic
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