The Guvnors


Action / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 2


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 30, -0001 at 12:00 AM



Mark Preston as Danny - Pub Hardman
Richard Blackwood as PC Benson
Doug Allen as Mitch
1.45 GB
Not Rated
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 2/2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jazzy31133 5 / 10

Well done fight scenes, but very muddled plot and poor ending

One of the movie sub-genres I enjoy is British underworld / British Football Hooliganism. It is a nice change of pace from American mob movies, yet still includes the violence and action I enjoy. I go into these movies acknowledging there probably will be an absence of award winning dialogue, emotional relationships and gripping plot. But I expect gritty violence and for the movie to bring realism to that type of criminal behavior. Some movies do end up having great acting and a nice plot twist and that can elevate the underworld movie to a classic, but the Guvnors is not one of those. The movie has its pros, but its cons ultimately would make this a pass for me.

The movie's plot revolves around a local hoodlum with an established gang. Not satisfied with earning an illegal income and terrorizing innocent members of the community, he also craves respect. Some community members mention the old gang that use to run the streets, and how that gang "ran things the right way". Some he sets off by causing mayhem and coercing the retired old timer to come and meet him for a showdown on the street. It is a little silly how some recent British crime movies draw on this premise – that old time gangsters were somehow more noble that current gangsters. I guess if you steal and rob by only being somewhat violent, you are considered more civilized that someone who uses more violent methods. But alas, that is the premise of this movie.

The somewhat irrational plot can be overlooked, because when we rent these movies we just want violence in a realistic atmosphere. And the fight scenes do deliver. There are typical slow motion fight scenes and drug den robberies. The hoodlum actors do a good job of making us believe we are witnessing how a drug dealer behaves. However, for some reason the screenwriter tried to involve way too many plot lines and twists. And this leads to scenes introducing characters for no reason, twists that begin to distract the viewer due to their implausibility and an ending that does not really make sense.

It is a little frustrating spending time watching a movie and then being rewarded with such a poor ending. I feel as though it is easy to deliver on a crime drama. Just give us a crime story with one twist and punctuate the movie with violence. And the viewer agrees to overlook a hackneyed plot and weak character motivations. But when the plot beings to get muddled and characters make choices that make no logical sense, it can be a problem. And when these problems are so severe that they actually being to distract the viewer and ruin the realism of the movie, that is a problem. I would suggest trying another movie in this genre. Ultimately, plot revelations that made no sense and a rather silly ending will leave you very unsatisfied.

Reviewed by liliputian7 8 / 10

The low scores on IMDb need to stop

Honestly, I'm surprised. I saw the name of this and decided to watch it, for no real reason, and after watching I checked out the IMDb page (as I usually do.) Seeing that this movie is 5.4/10 inspired me to create an account, finally.

This is a carefully-shot and thickly-written story which, despite some clear clichés, gets across what it wants to get across succinctly. Sometimes, the pace and storytelling gets blocky and unorthodox, but it's still altogether solid. The use of color, the acting, the dialogue, it's all enjoyable and not at all a bad mixture. I was expecting at least a 7/10. Odd.

Reviewed by paul-43-272950 10 / 10


Great film. Thoroughly enjoyed this gritty portrayal of old vs new gangster life in London. The film was beautifully shot and took unexpected turns in the plot that gave the Guvnors a unique and stand out quality from other similar attempts in this genre. The acting of the main leads Slyvester and Allen were excellent and ensured that you were engaged throughout. It would seem that Director Gabe Turner has done a superb job in handling the various themes that are featured within the film and does not dictate to the viewer what they should or shouldn't think but rather poises questions that leave you wondering and wanting to explore further. It is rare to find a film that ticks the boxes of great film making, great entertainment and gives you something to think about long after.

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