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I Against I - Review

I Against I

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

BRITISH thriller I Against I arguably suffers from a case of having too many cooks.

Co-directed by not one but three people, Mark Cripps, David Ellison and James Marquand, the film boasts plenty of style but an overly convoluted plot and a host of unsympathetic characters that make it difficult to care after a while.

The story picks up as nightclub owner Ian Drake (Kenny Doughty) is picked up by psychotic gangster Joseph Carmichael (Mark Womack) and accused of murdering his father, the gangster boss Tommy Carmichael (John Castle).

Drake protests his innocence and directs suspicion towards another man, hitman Issac Revchenko (Ingvar Eggert SigurĂ°sson), but is then tasked with killing Revchencko himself unaware that the very same hitman is after him too.

As intricately woven as this sounds, I Against I never really gets going because none of the men are really worth getting behind.

The script, too, is so full of mis-direction and twists that it feels overly manipulated to wrong-foot the viewer at every turn… and not in a good way.

Hence, while it does keep you guessing early on, it also sets itself up for an ingenious ending that sadly never materialises. Rather, it feels like the work of three different directors who didn’t necessarily liaise.

And while the film unfolds at a fairly brisk pace by virtue of a tidy 86-minute running time, it’s still not worth the effort it takes in getting there.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 86mins
UK Release Date: August 10, 2012