Joe Tucker, James Holmes, Nicola Stapleton, Leslie Grantham and Tom Bell.
Director: Joe Tucker
Running time: 99 mins
a lonely, military obsessed man, takes on the job of a killer after staying
in a depressing B&B. He goes after a mindless thug who for no reason at
all, had beaten the living daylights out of Smiggyís brother, who is now
more turnip than man. Smiggy and his friend then end up in the mindless
thugís flat, confronted by the violent manís girlfriend (Stapleton).
Here, things begin to go slightly wrong.
The rebirth of director
Joe Tuckerís brotherís film, The Last Yellow, Lava is a violent, hard-core,
no-holds-barred entrapment of powerful drama. Much better than I first assumed,
Lava is a great cinematic experience. However, it would have been made furtherly
gritty, which is what it sets out to achieve, on a good old VHS. This is
very much an at-home experience, but donít be put off, this is certainly
an entertaining and watchable film.
The films director/writer/star
Joe Tucker plays Smiggy wonderfully, as the always hilarious indifferent
character of the film, who intriguingly manages to switch moods in a heartbeat,
from quietly laid back to shockingly violent. Violence is a key theme in
this film, so donít see it unless youíre comfortable with being subjected
to displays of thuggish temperament. Swearing is also prominent, and is
delivered with excellent comedic precision by Nicola Stapleton (the thugís
For me personally,
it was slightly too gritty, with real life being such a large piece of the
film. However, it is in this sense that the film manages to make itself
great, and the quality of it is beyond doubt, whether you like it or you
donít. Filled with a compelling and direct narrative, this is a masterpiece
of the low budget character-driven drama. Joe Tucker shows himself as a
talented actor, writer and most of all director, with an original and unnegotiable
firm storyline. Worth a lot of respect.
by Jay Em
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