Jack Roth (“Rogue One“, “Brimstone“) is the exciting young star evoking a class war in this ferociously fun thriller from debut feature-filmmaker Joe Martin. If there’s anything to feel patriotic about after watching Us and Them, it’s in anticipation of what these two homegrown talents might do next.
It’s a rampant piece of entertainment with a serious, socioeconomic message that’s told with a steady hand and a wry little grin. At times the rhetoric that director and writer Martin is serving is so venomous it feels dangerous. Almost as if the scene where Danny (Roth) and his mates discuss a home invasion over a pint might inspire real life regulars to do the same. Or that Danny’s call to arms down the lense of a handheld might actually spout copycat attacks.
It’s the script I imagine Guardian columnist Owen Jones might write were he on crack.
The soundtrack is suitably angry. It kicks down the door with The Damned’s New Rose, deafening over the opening credits, and leaves half a dozen tracks from working class lyricists Sleaford Mods to stomp around the remainder of the score.
In stark contrast to the Notts colloquialisms – and signifying one of a number of inspirations from A Clockwork Orange – is a selection of classical music; the perfect accompaniment to Danny and his droogs’ home invasion and displays of ultraviolence.