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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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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.
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.