While Jo is chained to a dead end supermarket job, her friends are all out on their own separate adventures: Cassandra is jetting off to New York to meet her Internet boyfriend; Kerrys is on a one woman crusade fighting for female liberation and Shannon is on a one way trip to meet her maker. But a chance encounter with some diamond thieves sends their separate worlds on a collision course with not only each other, but fate itself. These 4 girls have 3 days they will never forget, spanning 2 cities. That is, if they survive…
As I follow Noel Clarke on twitter, I have been aware of 126.96.36.199 since it was in the first stages of writing right up until it’s release. As I have been aware of it, I have been looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. When I first saw the trailer in the cinema, I did let out a little *squee* as I knew it wasn’t much longer until I saw it!
From the opening sequence, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster ride. It is cleverly cut together to make the audience think that Jo, Cass and Kerrys are threatening Shannon as she is on the brink of jumping to her death.
The four girls are just four normal(ish) teenagers whose lives are the same as any British teenagers…well with the exception of Cassandra who is a bit too much upper class to be classed as normal! All the characters are going through things that all teenagers can relate to. I think this is what makes the film very likeable and believable.
Compared to Noel Clarke’s previous films, Kidulthood and Adulthood, this is a lot less brutal but still appeals to the same audience. The fast paced storyline along with the beautiful women (Tamsin Egerton has legs to die for!) will attract those who enjoyed Kidulthood and Adulthood.
Although the story is good with some rather amusing lines (“Use it to buy something nice for your mother. Like a designer bag, perfume…or a soul…”) and situations (Kerrys giving her brother the female version of viagra when he’s surrounded by family and friends. His reaction as he chases Kerrys out the house got the whole cinema laughing!) there were a few errors that I spotted.
When Shannon climbed out of the shower, she had red paint on her nose whilst in the next scene the paint had gone. Also, when Jo was playing on her Xbox, she put the controller down yet the characters continued to play.
However this pales in comparison to the rest of the movie. The way the film is cut together makes the audience rethink the film as each girls perspective is added. (I also enjoyed seeing Ben Drew’s cameo and hearing his music in the next scene!)
The soundtrack is also brilliant, showcasing Britain’s best musical talent.
Overall this is a well constructed and original film which I will gladly welcome to my DVD collection (along side Kidulthood and Adulthood!)