Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Shank (UK)

I am not too sure about my feelings for the movie. I should feel bad for the main protagonist but I dont because whatever happened to him was partially because of his own fault. And considering what he had done to others, he received an equally bad result for it.

Cal is a member of a local London gang of happy slappers who hurt anyone who is a little different from them. Cal is secretive about his sexuality, afraid of his friends reactions but at the same time he also is very attracted to his best friend in the gang. H sneaks out and has anonymous sex with men followed by beating them up. One day when his friends are beating a young French gay student Olivier, Cal cannot take it and rescues him. This is not taken kindly by the gang members. Cal then takes shelter with Olivier and they start a relationship which ultimately turns into love. Olivier teaches Cal how to feel comfortable with who he is. But how long can Cal stay away from his gang members. They ultimately get hold of him and torture him and Olivier. Cal's best friend Jonno whom he liked very much ends up raping him because he feels betrayed by Cal. Once the anger is gone, Cal decides he has had enough and gets ready to move to France with Olivier to be what he actually is.

The acting by the principal cast was pretty decent. Why would everyone follow a dumb girl in a gang was beyond my comprehension. And then Cal having a sudden heart change when they were beating Olivier was also a little weird specially when he himself had been beating people for this. Th sexual tension between Cal and Jonno in one of he scenes was one of the better things about the film. The other big problem was the very heavy Bristol accent which was sometimes hard to understand.

Strictly ok affair. (4/10)


Anonymous said...

I just bought this one the other day I wished I would have got your review before I bought it maybe I would have went towards another title. Still I will watch it and post my thouhts when I get the time! hehehe!

Golu said...

I would be very eager to know