Shank is an action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. Shank delivers a ruthless vision of forthcoming urban life, where guns have been superseded by knives and are fiercely wielded by aimless youths. A gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own.
With its jarring slang, reckless narrative and offbeat imagery, it's as close to being A Clockwork Orange for the Broken Britain generation as we have. It's up to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not.
March 25, 2010
That the entire narrative can be easily compressed into a 90-second dream sequence says much more than the garbled anti-violence messages.
There are a fair few good ideas in Shank -- a nicely-staged market scene featuring Colin Salmon and an animated fight scene being two -- but they don't come together into anything that even looks halfway like a movie.