The Weekend has Landed!
Five twenty-something friends spend a drug-fueled weekend in Cardiff, Wales.
Five twenty-something friends spend a drug-fueled weekend in Cardiff, Wales.
John Simm Shaun Parkes Nicola Reynolds Lorraine Pilkington Danny Dyer Dean Davies Andrew Lincoln Terence Beesley Jo Brand Richard Coyle Jan Anderson Carl Cox Stephanie Brooks Howard Marks Helen Griffin Danny Midwinter Justin Kerrigan Tyrone Johnson Larrington Walker Philip Rosch Peter Albert Menna Trussler Mark Seaman Lynne Seymour Patrick Taggart Anna Wilson Robert Marable Nick Kilroy Peter Bramhill Show All…
Human Traffic - Die Nacht ist nicht genug
After finally killing The Doctor, The Master has no meaning in life. So he comes to Earth, wipes his own memory and changes his name to Jip. He then befriends Danny Dyer. Jip then realizes he has no meaning in his life so he runs for Prime Minister and wins under his real name, Harold Saxon. When The Doctor returns to Earth with Captain Jack Harkness and Martha Jones, Saxon remembers exactly who he really is and history repeats itself.
I never lived through the 90s but my god I wish I did. I actually loved this. It was gritty, funny, psychedelic, brilliantly made and just felt like one giant drug. It's clearly Trainspotting inspired but still feels great and it had Edgar Wright's 'Spaced' written all over it.
It's a trip into the nineties, with fun performances which includes a great turn for John Simm. As for the narrative its pretty basic, a bunch of people who get tired of their mundane jobs/life and then go to escape on the weekend. Be aware it might have you bobbing along to the beat of the arm flailing soundtrack.
The film itself is a drug trip, literally. It isn't groundbreaking but it is a fun experience which certainly induces some amusing moments.
I SAID, NIIiIIIIIIIIICE ONE BROTHAAAAA
I mostly hate drug films but there's a reason why Human Traffic worked with me and it wasn't just the soundtrack.
At least Human Traffic makes the efforts to chart the reasons why these people are doing them in the first place, the ups and downs, and there's actually a point to it. It's not Seth Rogen just crowbarring it into something for no other fucking reason than to show us that he likes drugs.
A catalogue of Friday night's pills and powder intake does not a movie make. Nor do five endlessly self-justifying bores constantly winking and nudging and screaming and sledgehammering the viewer with "THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN YOU'RE ON DRUGS! THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU ARE ON DRUGS! AM I RIGHT? AM I RIGHT?"
That it has the gall to reference TRAINSPOTTING, an immensely superior film which throws its own failings into almost comic relief, is just one of the many artistic decisions on director Justin Kerrigan's part which completely baffle me. Nothing quite so baffling though as the generally held view that it is something of a "British Cult Classic". A turgid mixture of nostalgia (the turn of the millenium setting always feels a bit anachronistic for a film centred on rave culture) and borderline propaganda. I've had comedowns that were more pleasant.
"What's your name?
What have you had?
Reach for the lasers.
Safe as fuck"
~ Jeremy Factsman,
The Asylum, Cardiff.
Man is this film ever a time capsule. A Trainspotting cash-in, it's nonetheless cheap and cheerfully enjoyable in its own right - and more, it resonates. I know people who lived like this. Shit, I kind of lived like this and I have to tell you it's damn strange to see it now simply as an observer.
The themes of alienation, having to deal with unemployment or shit employment, and living for the weekend when you're in your twenties, are conveyed with well crafted and palpably real flair; a suitably anarchic and inventive breaking-the-fourth-wall style between the kinetic…
I love that this still stands up because, when you consider the 90s, so much of the culture just doesn't. It was so laddish and yet here's a film that passes the Bechdal test and explores the sexual anxieties and inadequacies of men. It's also an unashamedly, mostly positive look at drug culture ("statistically you're more likely to die from choking on a cabbage leaf or an argument in the pub than dropping an E" ) and, as such, is a more accurate depiction of my 90s and early 00s than the perceived wisdom. Safe as fuck, indeed.
Also, given that everyone freely admits to approaching some scenes chemically, it's fun to try and guess which scenes. Spot the saucer-like pupils!
See previous review here.
Feels like a late 90's Stoner Comedy via blatantly ripping off of Trainspotting.
I used to watch this one a bunch on TV when it first came out as this type of movie is always at least slightly enjoyable (anything remotely funny with people partying in it is kinda comforting, no?).
Unfortunately when it's trying to be edgy you can practically hear "Halcyon On & On" by Orbital getting warmed up on the speakers as some bloke is waxing on about the importance of dropping out from mainstream culture and plugging into a drug-fuelled existence.
So yes, this one gets masssssively C.R.I.N.G.E.
When it's just a goofy look at a bunch of friends in Wales having an epic night on the town then it's not that bad. I'm certain I will come across this in 10 years and have a moderately good time watching it again.
Dreamlike, insane and more than a little surreal, this flick plays out like a postmodern TRAINSPOTTING on acid and manages to live up to the expectation that description brings. Doesn't really start, doesn't really end. It just is. Normally I hate it when a movie does that, but most movies that do that aren't imbued with this much energy and manic fun. Besides TRAINSPOTTING, it also recalls GO, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and the (I believe) still unreleased ECSTASY. And really if that list of recommendations doesn't clinch it, this is not the movie for you.
Is it a little too manic for it's own good? Yes. The insanity and the energy run over and the film becomes a little…
john simm I luv u
The world looks beautiful here man
Feel like shit, just want the clubs back
I mean, this is utterly emblematic of post-Guy Ritchie british cinema, but I’ve literally been on nights out exactly like this. This film absolute gets it, to a degree that’s painfully embarrassing, but also. a worth it great time. shot of Cardiff waking up to the sounds of Orbital is an all-timer
safe as fuck
Makes me feel slightly high again watching this.
prince of paranoia
surreal to see the big Diff in the 90s - got me well emotional during the skyline shots and in hearing all the peripheral Cardiff accents. I could tell straight away the script was by a local boy because all the background chats were sooooo Cardiff like I can’t explain just very familiar and endearing. And the fact they were at some danky club on St Mary’s Street and Ninjah cameo’d and all was just too much. We need some yucky dance clubs back!!! The new Danny Dyers can’t hack Undertone!!! Loved it to be honest. It’s not condescending or pretentious. It’s just young people messing about in the city to some thumping 90s tunes. KO for Wales 😎
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I enjoyed this so much more than I expected. The camera work was very inspired, just in that introduction the style of the movie blew me away. So many cool shots, a really interesting insight into the life of young adults in the 90s and characters that felt like I could actually know them. Great
So stupid. So English. I love being English.
Almost a very good film
- Aldi version of Trainspotting
- NICE ONE BRUVAAAA
- Great hype material for the 21st June (I’m a good Christian boy so I cannot relate to their drug induced experiences xo)
p.s, man the 90’s looked class didn’t it
Phenomenal soundtrack, more-than-decent acting, but the 2nd act really drags on.
A poor-mans version of Trainspotting.
cardiff moving mad
Any jungle in, guy?
Heartwarming, evocative. Natural comparisons to draw would be Trainspotting. I'm glad this theme was revisited in Beats (2019).
God I miss going places and doing things so much
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