Without backing up the hardest moments, there’s a huge disparity between what the film is trying to say, and what it is actually saying
Maybe it’s the big British names attached to the film, or the nature of its story based around the impact of the London 2012 Olympics, but in reality, there was no genuine reason for The Corrupted to make it to the big screen. Largely sitting as a low standard gritty thriller, the film is desperate to prove its worth and show its quality, without actually having much of it at all.
Clifford Cullen (Timothy Spall) is a corrupt property owner, changing the shape of the land ownership scheme in East London, just before the London 2012 Olympics. Killing a mechanic after the sale of his garage leaves behind two sons, thrown into a life of crime and lack of faith in their once beloved father.
Despite the strong performances, they essentially become obsolete with the story so concentrated on violence and its self-indulged mystery. There was no need for The Corrupted to ensure its 18 rating, but by doing so, it becomes painfully clear how director Ron Scalpello has entirely misunderstood the use of such graphic violence. Without backing up the hardest moments, there’s a huge disparity between what the film is trying to say, and what it is actually saying.
Pair these needless moments with the less than entertaining story, and the film becomes a late night straight to DVD standard picture. It might please some as they sit in an armchair of a Sunday evening, but it doesn’t have the basis to form any part of a well-messaged feature.
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