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Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Cole, Kimbeley Nixon, English Frank, Shaun Dooley, G Frsh
  • Directors: Ron Scalpello
  • Producers: Paul Van Carter
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Revolver Ent
  • Release Date: May 14 2013
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,115 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

When Tommy Nix loses his girlfriend and unborn child as a result of a brutal attack by an armed gang, he vows revenge. But with the men responsible for the attack now in prison, he has no option but to follow them there. Facing a tough, unforgiving environment where violence is an everyday occurrence, he will stop at nothing to punish those that destroyed his life. With uncontrollable rage driving him on, his quest for vengeance will burn all those who get in his way. Punishment will be served.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Slick, Violent, Brit Crime Thriller that is really rather good Jan. 9 2013
By Tommy Dooley - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
This is a very good film which I was very surprised about as there have been a fair few Brit duds of late. This stars Joe Cole as Tommy Nicks, he is `a father to be' with his girl who is also a probation officer in one of the less upmarket parts of London. After the London riots she has a slight spike in workload and gets herself into a position where she might pose a threat to the local vilainary. So they take swift and Draconian action, resulting in Tommy's world being blown upside down.

He is left with nothing but revenge on his mind so tracks them down to a Young Offenders Institution (YOI) and gets himself incarcerated to exact retribution. On the way he will have to deal with nasty screws, nasty inmates, nasty cops and some very nasty goings on indeed.

This then is a sort of `Scum' meets `Death Wish' and it is all done very well with a not very well known cast. There are some issues with plot and factual procedures re the police and even in the YOI, but that does not really mar what is actually a visceral and gritty piece of cinema. Special mention has to go to Shaun Dooley as nasty Prison Guard, Nash (`The Woman in Black'), who plays the ambiguous loser with aplomb. The language is all urban street and so for some they may wish they had sub titles, but it actually eases off as the film progresses and it all adds to the realism. Whilst it is violent, it does not play on those incidents as this is actually a moody thriller and the tension and underlying violence is palpable throughout.

The music is good, the direction is good and the acting is well good as some might say, all of the kids have attitude and pimp rolls. There is a walk on by a mad Scottish guy called Genghis played by new comer Brian Vernel and he was bloody genius, so keep an eye out for him. All in all a very good Brit Crime Thriller and very well worth checking out; writer Paul van Carter has made a very decent follow up to his 2010 offering `Shank' and I hope this film does even better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This Film is a FIND - Excellent Crime Thriller May 22 2013
By Redsoxfanman827 - Published on
Format: DVD
Don't get fooled by the cheap-looking DVD art. This is an amazing independent film.

Offender clearly serves as a tribute to violent jail classics like Scum (1979) and Bad Boys (1983). The action is old-school and gritty, the soundtrack always keeps the energy going, and the acting is actually surprisingly good. Joe Cole does a great job as the unsmiling avenger, making sure everyone pays for their crimes.

This film is definitely worth buying.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Captivating Crime Thriller May 22 2013
By trops repus - Published on
Nix's quest to avenge the murder of his unborn child was captivating. Convincing performances, excellent production values and an entertaining story make Offender a film worth watching.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
really great film May 22 2013
By Johnny Cohen - Published on
Format: DVD
The film is very well made. i really was not expecting it to be that great but the director and cast have done a great job making this film. The film is raw and gritty like a modern day SCUM. Check it out when you get a chance.
The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078 Jan. 27 2014
By Todd Smith - Published on
Format: DVD
Offender was a good movie, possibly a great one, but I can't make that distinction, feeling like I missed a good portion of it. The story is solid and the acting is terrific, but Offender is a British film, and some of the accents were so thick, that I had a really hard time with the dialogue. The story centers on Tommy Nix (Joe Cole), a man on a mission, to avenge the savage beating of his wife, and the death of his unborn son. Tommy has a problem though, all the men responsible are already in jail. Acting on impulse, Tommy decides to get arrested, and sent to the same facility to enact his revenge. Being that this was a British film, I was not familiar with any of the actors, so I really didn't know what to expect. After seeing the film, I can tell you this much, remember the name Joe Cole, because this young man is destine for stardom. He gives one of the most powerful performances I've seen all year. Cole's performance is really what separates this film from similar stories. Tommy Nix was not a superhero, but what he has to endure at this strange prison, leading up to the exciting conclusion, was really something to see. Offender seemed blend originality with several similar story lines. It's easy to see the influence of Payback, Oz (The TV Show), and Sleepers, while watching this film. The writers took just enough to enhance the film, without making it seem like they were ripping anyone off. I really enjoyed this film and it's star Joe Cole, but I feel as though the thick accents and mumbled dialogue took something away. As someone who isn't used to hearing it everyday, it made the film somewhat difficult to understand at times. It's still worth seeing, if only for Cole's performance. Maybe the next time I watch it I'll put on the closed captioning.

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