Like TV hit Skins – with which it bears more than a passing resemblance – Cherrybomb distills the modern youth experience into an orgy of drink, drugs and stupid decisions. Grint impresses, in his first post-Harry Potter role, as Malachy, whose attempts to beat best pal Luke (Misfits star Sheehan) to the heart – and bed – of temptress Michelle (Nixon) bring life-shattering consequences.
Despite his efforts, and the film’s attempts to shock, it’s pretty pedestrian stuff, and won’t hold much interest for anyone on the wrong side of 20. 2 stars
There’s a making of, plus interviews with Sheehan and Grint. 2 stars
This review was originally published in movieScope Issue 18
Stars Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon
Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn
Format DVD & Blu-ray
Released August 23
If I were a rich man…
That Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire swept the board at this year’s Academy Awards – winning eight statues including Best Film and Best Director – can come as absolutely no surprise to anyone what has watched it. For his is a masterpiece, the perfect mix of comedy and drama, love story and thriller to make it enjoyable, thought-provoking and endlessly watchable.
Life at Fairview High is much the same as at any other modern British institute of education. The students are split into distinct groups – the geeks, the Goths, the middle-of-the roaders and, of course, ruling over them all, the popular kids who spend their time systematically targeting those who don’t match up to their high standards. But when uber-nerd Darren (Calvin Dean) kills himself, strange things begin to happen to those who made his life miserable – including self-proclaimed king of cool Bradley (Alex Pettyfer) and the pouting Tasha (April Pearson) When rule-following head girl Justine (Tuppence Middleton) falls for sexy Alexis (Dimitri Leonidas), she finds herself drawn into the clique – and into the terrifying things that are befalling them. Can she find out the truth about what’s happening before it’s too late?