Redirected (film)

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Redirected
Directed by Emilis Vėlyvis
Produced by
  • Daiva Jovaišienė
  • Asta Liukaitytė
  • Andrius Paulavičius
  • Donatas Šimukauskas
Written by
  • Jonas Banys
  • Lewis Britnell
  • Emilis Vėlyvis
Starring
Music by
  • Paulius Kilbauskas
  • Domas Strupinskas
Cinematography Feliksas Abrukauskas
Edited by
  • Viktė Simukauskienė
  • Lewis Britnell
  • Emilis Velyvis
Production
company
  • Kinokultas
  • Wellington Films
Distributed by Koch Film
Release date
  • 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10) (Lithuania)
  • 13 November 2014 (2014-11-13) (UK)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country Lithuania
United Kingdom
Language English
Russian
Lithuanian
Polish
Budget $2.7 million[2]
Box office $1.8 million (Lithuania)[2]

Redirected is a 2014 Lithuanian-British gangster action comedy film directed by Emilis Vėlyvis and starring Vinnie Jones, Scot Williams, and Vytautas Šapranauskas. The film features four friends turned first–time robbers who get stranded in Eastern Europe and have to find their way back home. The film premiered in Lithuania on 10 January 2014 and was released in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2014.

Plot[edit]

The film is divided in five parts: Introduction, Birthday in Malaysia, The myth of eastern Europe, Once upon a time in European Union, and Lithuanian wedding.

John, Ben and Tim were employed by Karl to rob a casino. When forced to have the fourth guy on their plan, they involuntarily bring Michael and keep him uninformed about the happenings.

The plan seemed perfect. They take over the illegal casino in London and get the money around one million pounds in cash. Golden Pole was forced to give the ring despite his reservations. Knowing Karl is behind this kills him instantly. Later they identify Michael as one the guy and try to chase him down.

But the bad guys started shooting. Michael freaked-out and tried to back away. Tim had no chance but to beat sense into him with a fire extinguisher, which resulted in Michael boarding a plane senseless. Then, a volcano in Iceland started spewing ash like crazy and all the flights had to be grounded. This is how John, Ben, Tim, and Michael got stranded in Lithuania.

Michael wakes-up somewhere in a hotel, without a slightest idea where he is. He can not find his friends, but instead he finds the money that John hid inside a toilet cistern. He hits the road with a sack full of cash only to learn that he is in London no more. Malaysia neither. The learning comes costly when local bullies rip him clean, setting Michael on a crusade to get back a million pounds in a country he does not know full of people he does not understand.

Meanwhile, after a night-time stroll through local bars and clubs, Ben and Tim wake up in some shabby countryside farmstead and accidentally start a personal war with local smugglers. They do not know where they are and can not find their way back instead they have to run for their lives, escaping from one crazy adventure right into another.

At the same time John wakes up alone in an empty apartment naked and chained to a radiator. After a horny Catholic priest discovers him with a hooker, John escapes still naked and chained to the radiator only to start a romance with a local hooker.

And above all this, a group of hitmen from London come to get their money back and teach John, Ben, Tim and Michael their last lesson. It all ends in a surreal wedding party that turns into a grotesque shoot-out with the local smugglers. John, Ben, Tim, and Michael barely escape only to find themselves in a new situation that makes their all previous experiences look like a pleasant vacation.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

The film was nominated to the UK film Awards as the best drama and to the Silver Cranes Awards (LIthuania), as best film and best director.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Redirected earned $1.8 million in Lithuania, where it premiered in January 2014.[2] It was released in the UK on 13 November 2014.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REDIRECTED (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gangster Comedy 'Redirected' Breaks Box Office Records in Lithuania". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "See Lithuanian-British film at Showcase cinema". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 

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