Ignore the naysayers, Noel Clarke’s 126.96.36.199 is a witty, fast paced, thrill pumping, fun ride of a movie that you won’t want to miss.
The premise is simple: four friends find themselves in possession of stolen gems which the thieves will stop at nothing to recover.
So far so routine but, instead of the usual linear and predictable chase-fest, Clarke opts to split the film into four separate timelines – one for each girl – which he uses to explore their lives, relationships and personalities over three days while they work out how to deal with being thrust into the centre of a major international crime.
The four leads – Shanika Warren-Marland, Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton and Ophelia Lovibond – turn in great performances and Michelle Ryan clearly relishes her role as chief baddie Kelly but Clarke fans may be disappointed to learn that the man himself appears for only a few scenes – check out our exclusive interview with Clarke for more on his choice of character.
A series of cameos by Ben Stiller, Mandy Patinkin plus Doctor Who favourites Nick Briggs and Camille Coduri are likely to please many in the audience.
The direction is energetically paced with the action is set to a great music track and, though the script contains a couple of clunky lines, the overall result is one of the most original, and unashamedly commercial British films in years.
Noel Clarke’s 188.8.131.52 arrives in cinemas on June 2nd