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 Emma Roberts
Tamsin Egerton
Ophelia Lovibond
Shanika Warren-Markland
Adam Deacon
Susannah Fielding
Ashley Thomas
Noel Clarke
Andrew Harwood Mills
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
Box office $1,163,967 [1]

4.3.2.1 (which stands for 4 girls, 3 days, 2 cities, 1 chance) is a 2010 British crime thriller film directed by Noel Clarke and Mark Davis, written by Clarke and starring Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond, Shanika-Warren Markland, Adam Deacon, Susannah Fielding, Ashley Thomas, Andrew Harwood Mills and Clarke.[2] It was released on 2 June 2010.

Plot[edit]

The story focuses on four 19-year-old friends, Joanne (Emma Roberts), Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton), Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) and Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland). They all meet one other at a diner, where they 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 into Cassandra's bag. He is unaware that Shannon has a crush on him as he always ignores her. The four girls then walk out and go their separate ways home.

Firstly, the story focuses upon Shannon: as she walks into her home, she sees that her mother has left and her dad is sitting in the living room all alone. She loses her temper, gets a tube of Pringles, two cans of spray paint and runs away. She goes to Jo's home, who has to rush to work, telling her she does not have time to talk. Later on, Jo calls Shannon over to her work place, but tells her to leave as soon as she arrives.

When she refuses, Dillon kisses Jo, upsetting Shannon, so she grabs a Pringles tube from the shop and runs. After getting drunk at a bar, she goes to tunnel where she graffitis. Sitting on a bench, she is attacked by a gang and then taken in by Kelly (Michelle Ryan), who saved her. Shannon finds that the woman seems to be looking for the Pringles. 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 attacked. Her story ends with her holding the diamonds above a bridge, suggesting she is about to jump and commit suicide. Jo, Cassandra and Kerrys arrive and appear to threaten Shannon into handing the diamonds over.

Secondly, the story moves onto Cassandra, who visits New York to meet up with a man called "Brett" she has met on the internet and audition for a prestigious piano school. She has sex with Brett and in the morning finds all her possessions gone except for her handbag, which contains a diamond. She also finds a letter that Shannon has been looking for, which was written by her mother explaining why she left.

She goes to "Brett's" house to find that "Brett" is a stalker who had hacked into Cassandra's computer, taking videos of her. When the fake Brett comes, she knocks him out but he later escapes and chases her down the street where she is rescued by a black woman and her family who do not take kindly to Brett's racist comments. Cassandra forces her way into an audition with Jago Larofsky (Mandy Patinkin) and wins a place at his school, then leaving for London.

Thirdly the story of Kerrys is explored. Kerrys and her girlfriend Jas (Susannah Fielding) break into Cassandra's flat and stay there. Kerrys' brother Manuel (Gregg Chillin) upon discovering them inside, locks them in the panic room and throws a party. Meanwhile, Dillon (Adam Deacon) and Smoothy (Ashley Thomas) visit his house and ask him to keep the 14 remaining diamonds at his house. When the two girls escape from the panic room, they lock Manuel in there and run away.

Finally, 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. There are only 14, but Tee thinks there are 15.

Dillon and Smoothy come to get the money, when they find that Tee has betrayed them, keeping the money for himself. They hold up the store; when Shannon arrives, Jo tries to make her leave and Dillon kisses Jo, which, unseen to Shannon, is at gunpoint. Shannon leaves and Dillon and Smoothy escape, leaving Tee with the 14 diamonds. Tee, however has hidden them in a tube of Pringles, which is then revealed to be the same tube that Shannon stole. When Tee is about to be shot by Kelly, Jo rescues him, but when he tries to run, Angelo attacks him. Tee is then arrested.

Cassandra returns with the last diamond and the letter. She meets Jo and Kerrys and they go to find Shannon. They talk her down and give her the letter, comforting her. They put the fourteen diamonds together, give them into the police and fly to New York. Unbeknownst to them, Kelly is also 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.[3]

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. ^ "4.3.2.1 (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Hara, Helen (17 September 2009). "Noel Clarke Begins Shooting 4.3.2.1". Empire. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Ratings". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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