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'Three and Out' has the makings of a good film or more precisely a couple of good films, unfortunately together they don't even add up to a half decent one.
The story follows depressed tube driver Paul Callow (Crook) who has accidentally killed two people on the London underground. The phrase 'three's a charm' wouldn't normally ring true in such circumstances but then Callow's colleagues reveal 'the rule'; if he kills three people in a month, he'll be retired with 10 years' pay.
Exactly the kind of crazy-coincidence that vulnerable young Callow has been searching for as a quick-fix to sort his debts and begin a new life as a writer. He heads off in search of a willing participant and finds him in drunken, suicidal vagabond Tommy Cassidy (Meaney). Need I mention he's Irish? Whilst he's only too willing to jump to his death he wants to go out with a bang (excuse the pun), with Callow's cash paving the way. The two take an eventful road trip encompassing a pit-stop tour of two of the world's most famous or infamous cities: Liverpool and Limerick.
The duo share a couple of vaguely amusing scenes during their trip however, with the most engaging moments between Tommy and his estranged wife (Staunton). Meaney brings his favourite incarnation, 'The Snapper's' Dessie Curley, back to the screen, with a few minor, tragic adjustments. Staunton is her usual superb self, effortlessly dominating every scene and manages a near-perfect Irish accent. Their daughter is played by Bond babe-to-be Gemma Arterton, who proves she has what it takes for her 'Quantum of Solace' role. However her beauty and grungy glamour appear out of place and her love scenes are more gratuitous than convincing. Crook is the bigger miscasting problem, however, and the result is a miserable, unsympathetic hero.
The concept is daft, dafter (new word, the kids will love it) still that Crook's character doesn't even investigate whether the 'Three and Out' rule is true before seeking someone to kill! The execution is not funny enough to hold any comedic value, tragic enough to take seriously or clever enough to invest your time in. The fact that Kerry Katona makes a guest appearance was probably enough of a warning.
A road movie with a difference; it's a journey that's coming from nowhere and going nowhere fast... but not fast enough.