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…
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…
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
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.
john simm I luv u
got abit gcse drama “this is what being on DRUGS feels like” but still v enjoyable
highly enjoyable and interesting, kept me hooked the whole time + love andrew lincoln
LOOOVED IT. so very real and entertaining. despite its boring premise it makes you love the characters
-i honestly loved how moff was seen as the most carefree and comedy relief character but by the end when he wanted to be more serious and felt anxious no one took him seriously.
-and jips character development was lovely
the shots were creative and always captured your attention
naturally the show was critiscing british culture in the 90s and made it comedic
I don’t know why I like this so much but I do.
<--- he say 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'
Safe as fuck
I blame Danny Boyle for this.
How cute are little John Simm and little Danny Dyer. Also Jo Brand’s voice sticks out so much I could recognise it from anywhere.
It’s enjoyable on the surface but I gotta say I didn’t get on with this as much as I’d have liked. I loved the fact that I was set in Cardiff and I could recognise all the places they’d occupy but it all just felt a bit in your face and nebulous. From what I can remember there’s not really a particular narrative here apart from boner troubles and the fabled night out.
I appreciate the fact that this movie is more of an observation of that living for the…
Here's the hip, adrenaline-pumped comedy about one wild weekend in the lives of five young friends...and how their latest raved-up adventure just might change their outlook before the next weekend arrives!; ; For Jip, Lulu, Koop, Nina and Moff, workdays are merely the dreary downtime between the frenetic 48-hour binges of clubbing, pubbing and partying without rules or limits! But when these friends spend a wild weekend in search of some meaning and real connections, they'll see things in ways they've never imagined! Fast, and funny and excitingly original- discover for yourself this widely acclaimed hit!
The film’s well acted, well characterised, stylish & is intriguing, however the film’s poorly written, poorly directed, unfocused & long. (60%)
Don’t actually know what happened in this movie but got me craving chewing gum
would highly recommend chewing gum whilst watching this movie
DEMI it’s nothing groundbreaking but there’s a sense of relatability that is hard to compare to other films in this genre. perfect comedic timing and some really sick cinematography that makes you feel extremely connected to the characters, as if they are your friends.
TOM seemed like a good representation of the everyday life of people in their mid-20s with motivations to go rave on the weekend and work through the week. Didn’t feel like it was trying to be glamorised too much which seems rare with these kinds of movies, deffo smashed it.
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