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City of Tiny Lights is a British crime thriller film directed by Pete Travis and written by Patrick Neate, based on his own 2005 novel of same name. The film stars Riz Ahmed, James Floyd, Billie Piper, Cush Jumbo, Roshan Seth and Antonio Aakeel. Principal photography began on 27 April 2015 in London. It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2017.
On 21 April 2015, it was announced that Pete Travis would be directing a London-set crime film City of Tiny Lights based on the 2005 novel of same name by Patrick Neate, who also adapted the novel into the film. Riz Ahmed was attached to play the lead role of a British detective Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper to play Akhtar’s long-lost love, Shelley, while the other cast would include James Floyd, Cush Jumbo and Roshan Seth. BBC Films and BFI developed the script and would finance the film in association with Lip Sync Productions, Fel UK and Ingenious Media. Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien would be producing the film for NDF International and Sixteen Films. Protagonist Pictures would handle the international rights while Icon Film Distribution would release the film in the UK and Ireland.
There’s a lot of promise to the premise of City Of Tiny Lights — a contemporary noir set in London, starring man-of-the-moment Riz Ahmed as a PI who seemingly subsists on nothing but whisky and fags. What could possibly go wrong? Sadly, quite a bit. That promise is squandered, and the results are ordinary in the extreme.
he set-up ticks so many noir boxes, you can imagine the ghost of Raymond Chandler standing in the shadows, nodding approvingly. We have the dingy office, the missing working girl, the world-weary hero, the dodgy feds and, of course, shady business deals — it’s just a pity that all this juicy stuff takes up only half the film, with a huge amount of screen time given to a narrative told in lengthy flashbacks that Philip Marlowe would convey in a line, a shrug and a slug of bourbon.
And what flashbacks these are — a sorry tale of teenage infidelity and betrayal in a cheaply realised 1997, it plays increasingly ludicrously, even if the young actors struggle gamely with weak material. The soapy tragedy builds to a conclusion so melodramatic, it would take a heart of stone not to laugh. There’s also a severe case of flashback syndrome — every character knows what happened, but we’re drip-fed information in a way that frustrates rather than tantalises.
Anyway, this nightmarish event goes some way to explain why Ahmed’s Tommy is such a dour sort, even if he can occasionally come up with a nice zinger. Lines like, “I’ve got bog roll more abrasive than you,” tease the noir-meets-kitchen sink feel we could have had, which is presumably what attracted a class act like Ahmed, but much of the gumshoe work feels perfunctory. His private detective actually does very little detecting, outsourcing a lot of the actual work to a young hanger-on, and the traditional noir pleasure of the scrappy outsider being the smartest guy in the room is somewhat undermined by the fact that it takes him a full hour longer than the audience to realise there’s something off about his property developer mate. Instead, we get endless brooding and a level of chain-smoking and boozing that sits oddly with Ahmed’s gym-toned bod, as anyone who’s hit the weights after a night on the suds will know.
There are flashes of what could have been: London is shot as if it’s twinned with the city from Seven, and Ahmed finding himself caught between sinister War On Terror types and an Islamist group who might be a little too enthusiastic in their beliefs is potentially fascinating. Billie Piper shines in an under-developed role as the girl who got away, Roshan Seth is great fun as Ahmed’s cricket-loving dad, and Alexander Siddig has a standout cameo as a hardcore mullah. Sadly, though, this noir leaves its best elements in the shadows.
Imagine a Chandleresque crime thriller with a handsome but weary, chainsmoking, whisky-swigging antihero, a missing sex-worker subplot and small-business corruption. Now imagine that antihero is a British Pakistani Londoner, played by Riz Ahmed. Sounds like the best elevator pitch ever – and Ahmed is great as sensitive detective Tommy Akhtar – but it doesn’t always work. Flashbacks to a teen romance murder mystery set in 1997, self-consciously arty shots of inner-city London and soapy dialogue make it hard to take this film seriously, though there’s pleasure to be found in its energy. Those hungry for original British movies, especially ones that attempt to engage with multicultural London, may find their appetites whetted.
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City of Tiny Lights Watch Full Movie Online