Plastic review

‘Plastic’, directed by Julian Gilbey, is a new British crime thriller based on the story of one of Britain’s largest diamond heists. The film follows four university students anticipating a future of unemployment without opportunities, even after achieving a degree. They choose to escape this prospect by running a credit card fraud scheme. However, it all falls down when they rob from the wrong man, leaving them needing to pay off £2m debt.

The cast consists of many smaller stars that are still fairly known, such as Ed Spleeners (Eragon) and Will Pouter (Son of Rambo), who play the characters Sam and Ford – the brains behind the fraud scheme. Alfie Allen, younger brother of pop singer Lily Allen, and Sebastian De Souz (Skins) play the other two members: Yatesey and Rafa, who later become involved in the fraud as well as causing conflicts within the group. The aforementioned actors do a fantastic job and create a great mixture of characters with contrasting personalities, adding a lot tension within the narrative.

Like most of the films out there, Plastic couldn’t help but bring a ‘catch the girl’ story into the plot, which is one of Sam trying to pursue his love interest, Frankie (Emma Rigby, Hollyoaks), who coincidentally works for a credit card company, which is something of a boost for the young criminals. Luckily, the romance doesn’t make the film any less gripping, it just adds a bit more depth to the story.

With the film set in multiple places – from busy London to the lovely sunny heart of Miami – a nice balance between different locations is created which definitely adds to the film’s brilliant mix of seriousness and fun.

As for the story line, as it was based on a true story, the producers handpicked people who had been in situations portrayed in the film to make it as factually accurate as possible. One man, for example, had come out of prison for credit card fraud and helped add his own take on how to pull off such fraudery. They helped advise the director on the content of the story, adding some of their own experiences to the narrative, helping create a mixture of true stories.

Gilbey also manages to soften up the tense scenes by adding a fair bit of comedy, for example, the character Rafa isn’t really the smartest of the bunch, so his lack of common sense adds a touch of cute personality to the film, helping to lighten the tense scenes.

I found the film was full of surprises and unexpected twists which caught me emotionally, but I wasn’t bored for one second as it is a film that grips you.

This film is a must see. There is definitely something for everyone in the film, featuring a lovely balance of comedy and action to bring this true story even more alive.

Image: Plastic World Premiere © Stuart C. Wilson

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Keira Matthews
I am from London in England. I have just finished studying Film Studies, English Literature and Photography and will begin a degree in Film Studies in September. I am passionate about film and I really enjoy writing about it with Young Perspective because I am able to express my own opinions about something I have a real interest in and I hope to continue writing more about films in the future.
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