February 24, 2017


Rancid Aluminium – 1999 | 98mins | Thriller, Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

Rancid Aluminium

Rancid Aluminium is a terrible mess from first-time feature director Ed Thomas, with a screenplay by James Hawes adapted from his own best selling novel.

It’s about a young guy Pete (Rhys Ifans) and his dodgy accountant mate Deeny (Joseph Fiennes), who, to save their failing London business, get involved with the Russian mafia. This film succeeds in getting its cast – some of the brightest and best of British character actors, young and old – to give the worst performances imaginable. Joseph Fiennes does a one-eyebrow-raised smirk, with a bad Irish accent. Tara Fitzgerald plays a beautiful Russian woman whose accent veers wildly around and appears, at some stages, to be dubbed. The plot is all over the place, eventually incomprehensible, and very, very boring. The filmmakers clearly have not the slightest interest in how the Russian mafia really look or behave, remaining content with a silly, uninteresting vodka-commercial caricature. This film wastes a lot of talent.

Production Team

Edward Thomas: Director
Tom Pearce: Art Direction
Tony Hunt: Cinematographer
Jeny Temime: Costume Design
Chris Lawrence: Editing
Meiner Jones-Lewis: Makeup Department
John Hardy: Music
Mark Thomas: Producer
Mike Parker: Producer
James Hawes: Script
Sandy MacRae: Sound Department


Joseph Fiennes: Sean Deeny
Rhys Ifans: Pete Thompson
Tara Fitzgerald: Masha
Sadie Frost: Sarah
Nick Moran: Harry
Steven Berkoff: Mr Kant
Keith Allen: Dr Jones
Dani Behr: Charlie

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