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Lava Review

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After his brother is mugged and left brain-damaged, social misfit Philip teams up with bullshitter Smiggy to kill the thug who did it.

★★★★★

Writer-director-star Joe Tucker can't claim to be a modern-day Shakespeare, but his feature debut boasts a body count that would make Hamlet proud. The all-out carnage is sparked by a single moment of violence: after his brother is mugged and left brain-damaged, social misfit Philip (Holmes) teams up with bullshitter Smiggy (Tucker) to kill the thug who did it.

Against the background of the Notting Hill Carnival, the boys set in motion an absurd and bloody farce, as virtually every visitor to a certain London flat ends the day with a few bullet-holes they hadn't been expecting.

Tucker goes up to the line then defiantly steps across it, finger raised to the moral brigade.

Comedy at its blackest, this film screams with an attitude that's as loud, cocky and wired as the characters themselves.