Orthodox

2015

Crime / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 40%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 251

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
October 08, 2021 at 09:50 PM

Director

Cast

Christopher Fairbank as Joseph Goldberg
Simon Kunz as Michael
Bronson Webb as Tenant Voice
Michael Smiley as Reg Shannon
720p.WEB
862.1 MB
1280*528
English 2.0
NR
25 fps
1 hr 33 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by wellthatswhatithinkanyway 4 / 10

Has a lot on the surface, but nothing much underneath

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Benjamin (Stephen Graham) grew up on the mean streets of London, and was bullied for his Jewish faith. Against the wishes of his Orthodox father, he took up boxing to learn to defend himself and in his adult years finds himself taking part in bare knuckle fighting jobs on the side to bring in a bit of extra cash to help wife Alice (Rebecca Callard) and young son. Benjamin is controlled by Shannon (Michael Smiley), a local hood who talks him into doing a spot of arson, which ends in him being sent to prison for manslaughter. Upon his release, he finds his local community more under Shannon's grip than ever, and life is about to get even more tough.

Serving as an extension of a short film he made just a few years ago, director David Leon now offers this expurgated version that serves as his feature length debut. It still, however, feels very much like a student offering, in its presentation and delivery. It's obviously been made on a very low budget, and while this doesn't detract from it in itself, it's the quality of the material that lets it down.

Reverting to his Snatch performance, here Stephen Graham once again dons a cockney accent, and once again pulls it off quite well. He certainly can't be faulted for trying to inject some light into this, as can't co star Smiley, but while it drips in a moody, drowned out, lingering style that is quite impressive, the same can't be said for the substance, with nothing underneath to really make you feel for the characters or galvanised by their plight.

There's some meaty themes to explore, some great casting and enormous potential all round, but somehow it all just misfires and isn't the sum of its parts. **

Reviewed by t-dooley-69-386916 6 / 10

Jewish Pugilist Tale set in the North of England

Stephen Graham plays Ben Levy a Jewish man who has married outside his faith but has two sons he wants to bring up as Jews. He had a turbulent childhood and saw boxing as his way of bettering himself. He is tied to the coattails of Shannon (Michael Smiley) who does the dirty work for the local Jewish community and promotes unlicensed bar knuckle fights as a sideline.

Ben is in money and emotional problems and gets offered the chance to make enough money to sort his life out. After he follows through on the deal things go from bad to very much worse in very short time.

Now the acting here is all fine with some very good performances – Graham is always excellent value for money as is Smiley. The problems come with the story and some of the scenes as far as believability is concerned. The final scene left me quite bewildered as to what they thought they were doing. I can't say what that was as it would be a massive plot spoiler. There are also scenes of greyhounds throughout and whilst I can guess at the meaning it seemed to be a bit tenuous to me. I did however enjoy this for the most part hence my rating but I am being 'glass half full' – if in doubt stream or rent as you will not get anything new on a second viewing.

Reviewed by leavymusic-2 6 / 10

Did & Didn't

Just didn't make it on a few fronts, at times the jumps from prison life to suddenly back home without any content was disappointing, it happens a couple of times, and a sentence involved death at only 4 years ? Hmm, I don't think so.

At times it felt like a film about a Jewish community wanna be guy Ritchie gangster romp, with some iffy acting by the elder community.

The half hour short that this was made from faired much better overal. It supposed to be the other way around.

I stuck with it because of the lead actor, always delivers, haven't seen Stephen Graham deliver a bad performance since his first in G Richie's Snatched, but 1 not so great film isn't bad In a 20 year run of excellent others!

Watch it ? Yes for Graham's convincing performance!

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