Scottish cinema does 'grit' very well, from Trainspotting to Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, the order of the day tends to be sex, drugs and violence. The latest movie from Ray Burdis (The Krays) is called The Wee Man, and once again fulfills the expectations of the generic 'Scottish gritty movie', but doesn't do so with quite the finesse or quality that an audience may want. Initial reviews are in, and it's not looking good.
The plot follows Paul Ferris growing up in Glasgow, by the age of 11 he's learnt that "life on the street is tough," and, having been tormented all his life, by the time he reaches his late teens he's had enough, so "he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak vengeance on them."
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw has given it a distinctly underwhelming 2/5 stars. While he praises the good cast, he likens it to countless other 'real life' crime stories from "the self-pitying and self-serving books by ex-criminals who explain how their crime career began". Despite the good cast, he says "as a whole, it's forgettable."
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Martin Compston; Stephen McCole; Laura McMonagle; Ray Burdis; Paul Ferris Cast members attend a photocall for new film 'The Wee Man' in Glasgow. The film depicts the life of notorious Glasgow gangland hardman Paul Ferris and tells the story of his life working for some of Glasgow's most infamous criminal families and his struggle to go straight. Featuring: Martin Compston, Stephen McCole, Laura McMonagle, Ray Burdis, Paul Ferris Where: Glasgow, Scotland When: 15 Jan 2013
Martin Compston; Stephen McCole; Laura McMonagle; Ray Burdis; Paul Ferris Cast attend a photocall The New Film "The Wee Man" in Glasgow. The Film depicts the life of notorious Glasgow gangland hardman Paul Ferris. The Film tells the story of his life working for some of Glasgow's most infamous criminal families and his struggle to go straight Featuring: Martin Compston, Stephen McCole, Laura McMonagle, Ray Burdis, Paul Ferris Where: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland When: 16 Jan 2012
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