An unconvincing cop drama set on the mean streets of Newcastle...

Written by an ex-copper, set in Newcastle’s sink estates during the rolling blackouts of 1974, and featuring a western siege in an abandoned police station, director Vince Woods’ debut wants to be Get Carter meets Assault On Precinct 13.
Unfortunately, it looks more like The Bill meets Byker Grove. The tobacco-stained lensing adds suitable period grime, but the script is leaden with clichés as iffy as the casting – with the hard-ass DI (back to crack heads on his home turf after seeing it all on the mean streets of Hong Kong) played by the perfectly rosy-looking Stephen Tompkinson.

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