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Out of Depth

A young graphic designer becomes entangled in London's criminal underbelly when a friend does him a favor in "Out of Depth," a slim yarn based on a true story that could have made an OK TV drama with a decent script and better actors. As a low-budget, bigscreen item, however, this fails to generate the slightest sparks, signaling a shallow commercial future.

A young graphic designer becomes entangled in London’s criminal underbelly when a friend does him a favor in “Out of Depth,” a slim yarn based on a true story that could have made an OK TV drama with a decent script and better actors. As a low-budget, bigscreen item, however, this fails to generate the slightest sparks, signaling a shallow commercial future.

Paul Nixon (Sean Maguire) is a cocky young designer who vows revenge on a barroom thug for beating up and urinating on his mom (Rita Tushingham). An old school friend, Steve (Danny Midwinter), who has “connections,” persuades Paul to let some hired muscle do the job instead, and introduces him to ruthless gangster Lenny (Nicholas Ball, in pic’s sole notable perf), who later demands payback in the form of a drug run. Lame, expletive-riddled dialogue and unremarkable production values result in a movie that ambles along pointlessly to an uninvolving ending visible from six reels away.

Out of Depth

(DRAMA -- BRITISH)

  • Production: A Redbus Films production. (International sales: Victor Film Co., London.) Produced by Stephen Cranny. Executive producer, Paul Woolf. Directed, written by Simon Marshall. Camera (color), Adam Suschitzky; editor, St. John O'Rorke; music, Barry Adamson; production designer, Philip Robinson. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 1999. Running time: 99 MIN.
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  • With: With: Sean Maguire, Danny Midwinter, Nicholas Ball, Phil Cornwall, Josephine Butler, Leigh Lawson, Clive Russel, Rita Tushingham.
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