4.3.2.1

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4.3.2.1
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Film poster
Directed by Noel Clarke
Mark Davis
Produced by Damon Bryant
Dean O'Toole
Noel Clarke
Written by Noel Clarke
Starring Ophelia Lovibond
Emma Roberts
Tamsin Egerton
Adam Deacon
Ashley Thomas
Shanika Warren-Markland
Andrew Harwood Mills
Noel Clarke
Music by Adam Lewis
Cinematography Franco Pezzino
Edited by Mark Davis
Mark Everson
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • 2 June 2010 (2010-06-02)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

4.3.2.1 is a 2010 British crime thriller film directed by Noel Clarke and Mark Davis.[1] The film stars Ophelia Lovibond, Emma Roberts, Shanika-Warren Markland, Tamsin Egerton, Adam Deacon, Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas, Gregg Chillin and Noel Clarke, who also wrote, co-directed and co-produced it. It was released on 2 June 2010.

Plot[edit]

The story focuses mainly upon 4 19 year old friends, Jo (Emma Roberts), Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond), Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) and Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton). They all meet one other at a Diner, where they also see Dillon (Adam Deacon) and Smoothy (Ashley Thomas) getting chased by the police while drug-dealing. As Dillon is running past, he drops a stolen diamond (out of 15) in Cassandra's bag. He is unaware that Shannon has a big crush on Dillon as he always ignores her.

The four then walk out and go home.

Firstly, the story focuses upon Shannon: as she walks into her home, she sees that her mother has left for good and her dad is sitting in the living room all alone. She loses her temper, gets a packet of "Pringles", two cans of spray-paint and runs away. She then runs over to Joanne's home, who has to rush to work, telling her she does not have time to talk. Later on, she is called over to Jo's work place by Jo; where she is told to leave.

When she refuses, Dillon kisses Jo upsetting Shannon, so she grabs a Pringles box from the shop and runs. She is taken in by a woman who saved her from getting raped, but Shannon seems to find that the woman is looking for the Pringles box. This is later confirmed when she finds out that she is searching for "15 diamonds". One is already in Cassandra's bag, whilst the rest are in the Pringles can which had fallen out of Shannon's bag earlier. She escapes by knocking the woman out with the bathroom door. She finds the diamonds by going back to the bench where she was almost attacked.

Her story ends with her holding the diamonds above a bridge, suggesting she is about to jump and commit suicide.

Secondly, the story moves onto Cassandra, who visits New York to meet up with a man called "Brett" she has met on the internet. The meeting ends with her having sex with him. She suddenly feels light headed and falls asleep, and in the morning uses an epipen to pull herself together. She discovers all her possessions gone except for her handbag containing a diamond. She also finds the letter that Shannon has been looking for, which was written by her mother.

She later goes to "Brett's" house to later find that "Brett" is a stalker who hacks into Cassandra's computer taking videos of her. When the fake Brett comes, she knocks him out but later escapes chasing her down the street where she is rescued by a black woman who does not take kindly to racist stereotypical views. She gets her cousins to beat and tattoo the fake Brett with the words chosen by Cassandra. She forces her way into an audition for a new tutor and gets it before then leaving for London.

Thirdly the story of Kerrys is explored. Kerrys and her girlfriend break into Cassandra's beachhouse and stay there. Her brother upon discovering them inside, locks them in the panic room and throws a party. While, Dillon and Smoothy visit his house, they ask him to keep the diamonds, now only 14 left, at his house. When the two girls escape from the panic room, they lock her brother in there and run away.

Fourthly, Jo, who works at a 24-hour supermarket with Angelo (Jacob Anderson) finds that her new manager "Tee" (Noel Clarke) is in town. Tee has been working with Dillon and Smoothy to deliver the diamonds, but one is missing. Tee asks Dillon and Smoothy to come over to the supermarket; Dillon and Smoothy open the safe with the key, which Tee had given to them earlier, they remove the money and drop off the diamonds, which are 14, but Tee thinks there is 15.

Dillon and Smoothy come to get the money, when they find Tee has betrayed them, and they rob the store and leave Tee with the 14 diamonds. Tee, however has hidden them in a Pringles box, which is then seen in flashback to show that the box is the very same one that Shannon has. Whilst Tee is about to be shot by the same woman who rescued Shannon earlier, Jo rescues him, but when he tries to run, Angelo attacks him. He is arrested by the police for illegal selling.

Cassandra returns with the last diamond and the letter; the three, Cassandra, Jo, and Kerrys, then go to meet Shannon. They put the fourteen diamonds together and give it into the police and fly to New York. Whilst on the plane it is revealed that the same mysterious woman who had rescued Shannon is on the plane.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. On film review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has garnered nine fresh reviews and sixteen negative reviews, giving the film an overall rotten 36% rating from critics.[2]

The film did receive some excellent reviews, however, holding a four star rating in Empire magazine. Cath Clarke from Time Out gave the film a positive review, saying that "These girls are brilliantly un-victimy and always come out fighting. If only they weren’t incessantly paraded about in their underwear for the viewing pleasure of men".

However, Peter Bradshaw from British newspaper The Guardian and Wendy Idle from The Times both gave the film a negative review. Bradshaw said the film is "all over the place", also deeming that the acting is on the "torpid side", and Idle believed the film "might just claim back a small corner of the multiplex audience from the relentless onslaught of cynical Hollywood garbage" and described the film as "mostly" bad.

Soundtrack[edit]

4.3.2.1
Soundtrack album by Various
Released 28 May 2010 (2010-05-28)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 63:38
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Producer Noel Clarke
  1. "Keep Moving"- Adam Deacon & Bashy featuring Paloma Faith
  2. "No Bullshit" – Bodyrox
  3. "When I'm Alone" – Lissie
  4. "Ya Get Me" (Movie Snippet) – Adam Deacon
  5. "On This Ting" – Adam Deacon
  6. "A Different Light" – Kerry Leatham
  7. "Bend Over" (Movie Snippet) – Kevin Smith & Tamsin Egerton
  8. "Better Days" (Revox) – Speech Debelle featuring Micachu, Wiley and Incredubwoy
  9. "I Wanna Party" – Mz Bratt
  10. "Don't Look Back" – The Union Exchange
  11. "Go Home" – Eliza Doolittle
  12. "Do You Fancy Me?" (Bluff) – Kerry Leatham
  13. "No Significance" – Davinche featuring Henriette Bond
  14. "Drunk Girls" – Stefan Abingdon
  15. "Paradox" – WKB featuring Myles Sanko
  16. "DanceFloor" – Davinche
  17. "This Year" – Mz Bratt featuring Griminal
  18. "Forever" – Ashley Walters
  19. "She's A Gangsta" – Bashy featuring Zalon
  20. "You Took My Shopping" (Movie Snippet) – Tamsin Egerton
  21. "Typical Actor" – Adam Deacon
  22. "Pretty Young Things" – Bodyrox
  23. "My Size Kid" – Adam Deacon
  24. "Strangely Sexy Though" (Movie Snippet) – Emma Roberts

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Hara, Helen (17 September 2009). "Noel Clarke Begins Shooting 4.3.2.1". Empire. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Ratings". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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