The Last Yellow” is worth checking out for Samantha Morton’s perf as a tough, manipulative Cockney babe, a strong contrast to her sex-obsessed Liverpudlian in “Under the Skin” and torch-carrying heroine in the recent “Dreaming of Joseph Lees.” Otherwise, this amiable comedy-drama about a jobless loser who unwisely takes on a contract killing has the look and tone of small-screen Brit fare.
Mark Addy plays Frank, who, kicked out by his mom, boards with a weird trio composed of nerdy Kenny (Charlie Creed-Miles), his human-vegetable brother and drunken grandfather. When Frank brags about being a former Special Air Services soldier, Kenny hires him to kill thug Donut (Alan Atherall) and his g.f., Jackie (Morton), who disabled his brother. After lengthily clearing its throat with mild character comedy, pic moves from Leicester to London and centers on the relationship between Jackie and Frank as they wait in her apartment for Donut to arrive — and whether Frank is up to shooting anybody. Morton fleshes out an OK part and Addy (“The Full Monty”) is watchable as an ensemble actor but lacks leading-man presence. Technically, pic is nothing special.