Bad Boy No, just a bad actor in a terrible film
Verdict: Keep away
This can only be recommended to connoisseurs of terrible acting.
Danny Dyer plays a hilariously unconvincing Broadmoor escapee who car-jacks a pretty nurse (Anna Walton). Walton’s believable under-playing – even when director J. K. Amalou’s abject script takes preposterous turns – makes Dyer look all the more hopeless.
I would leave it there, but the time has surely come to ask why Dyer has been allowed to deliver abysmal performances in many of the most pathetic British films of the past decade.
Terrible: What is the explanation for Dyer's consistently degrading roles, which serve only to show up his bewildering lack of talent
Among his worst are Outlaw (Fight Club for morons) and Straightheads (a rip-off of Straw Dogs).
The reason Mr Dyer keeps appearing on the big screen is that he has a sizeable, young, male fan-base among those who identified with him in his earliest films, especially The Football Factory (2004), where he glamorised the thuggery, drunkenness and bone-headed stupidity of football hooligans.
His popularity with that demographic is such that he even held down a job as an ‘agony uncle’ on the lads’ mag Zoo – until he suggested a reader disfigure his ex-girlfriend.
But what’s the explanation for Mr Dyer’s consistently degrading roles, which serve only to show up his bewildering lack of talent
One clue may come from his 2010 autobiography, in which he confesses to drinking too much, advocates taking drugs and admits using them frequently.
He has also boasted to Attitude magazine: ‘A lot of people want to take drugs with me . . . I am known as being a f***ing bad boy.’
And, I’m afraid, a very bad actor, with zero sense of social responsibility.
Mr Dyer is very much a villain for our times.
It’s an illuminating comment on modern British film that he keeps being cast as a leading man.