Directed by Shane Meadows, starring Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell and Stuart Wolfenden.
Returning to the Midlands after army service, Richard (Considine) has some scores to settle. His childlike brother Anthony (Kebbell) has been used as a figure of fun by a gang of minor drug dealers while he was away and Richard has elaborate plans to deal with them all. And so begins a cycle of violence that sees the body count rise on a daily basis.
Meadows has won praise for films like 'A Room for Romeo Brass' and 'Once Upon a Time in the Midlands', while Considine's performances in 'The Last Resort' and 'In America' have shown he is arguably Britain's most promising young actor. So just how did these two talents get together and create something as weak and dull as 'Dead Man's Shoes'?
Setting what's basically a western on a council estate is a novel idea, but the characterisation and pacing are so poor that it feels like you're watching The Comic Strip's take on 'Death Wish' - minus the laughs or excitement. With a strong improvisatory feel, the story limps along, with scenes either feeling rushed or unfinished and not even a soundtrack featuring Calexico and Smog can cover the cracks.
If it's payback you're after, stick with 'Kill Bill' on DVD.