Running Time: 94 minutes
UK Certificate: 18
Country: United Kingdom
Luke Goss remember him? Hes the bloke from Bros! Can we go mummy? Can we go? Can we go to see the Bros? They might play When Will I Be Famous or I Owe You Nothing!! So can we? Can we go??
No. We cant go to see the Bros. Were going to sit right here in front of our DVD player and watch that nice young man burn a bloke on the side of the head with an electric fire, electrocute another guy using ridiculously-outdated wind-up torture equipment, and break a third mans toes with a set of pliers. This is Charlie, and its about as far away from the world of harmless 80s pop as you can get without actually being Marilyn Manson.
Its supposedly the tale of Charlie Richardson, the real-life 1960s London gangster who lorded it over the south side of the Thames whilst the notorious Kray twins did likewise on the north. Written and directed by Malcolm Needs, it stars Goss in the title role and presents an uneven story, half glorifying Richardsons criminal lifestyle and half making him out to be hard done by when the Old Bill finally caught up with him. With first the universally-slated Shoreditch on his CV and now this, you get the feeling Needs is swiftly gaining a name for himself as Britains premier failed-gangster-movie-director. Its Malcolm Needs as in Malcolm NEEDS to start making something a bit better than this.
Of course, while watching Charlie theres the ever-present feeling that weve been here before namely in 1990, when those two geezers from Spandau Ballet played The Krays. And, come to think of it, didnt Phil Collins play Buster Edwards two years previously to that? You have to wonder where its all going to end Simon Le Bon as Ronnie Biggs? Perhaps Pete Burns taking the title role in Mad Frankie Fraser: The Movie??
It's Got: No shortage of cringe-inducing on-screen violence.
It Needs: Some sort of consistency in its message.
DVD Extras Nothing. Not even a couple of old Bros videos. DVD Extras Rating: 0/10
Alternatives:Shoreditch, The Krays
Too violent, too transparent, and too crap. Luke Goss should choose his roles more wisely if he truly still wants to be famous.