Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Debt Collector (1999)

Director: Anthony Neilson

Writer: Anthony Neilson

Composer: Adrian Johnston

Starring: Billy Connolly, Ken Stott, Francesca Annis, Iain Robertson, Annette Crosbie, Alastair Galbraith, Shauna Macdonald, Sandy Neilson

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Some debts can never be paid

Plot: Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen seventies, by notorious, torturous, and killer, debt collector Nickie Dryden (Connolly). This is as hard as they come; giants of their professions one with a trade that needs to be kept secret and the other holding a grudge. Shot around the beautiful City of Edinburgh years later, with it coarse language and criminal underclass, we see the wrath of spite, hate, jealousy and violent vengeance all in the final showdown of justice and with it its uncompromising final debt to society.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

Good flick.  The first hour moves slowly and the story builds little by little but it's that last act when Nickie (Connolly) goes to his old mob boss for help that it really takes off until he and Gary (Stott) square it off in a nice and unexpected finish.  It's a grim story almost all the way.  The performances are very good and it's great seeing Connolly stretch his acting legs.  I'll watch that guy in anything. 

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