Tom (Mackintosh) is a middle-class city boy whose life has reached breaking point. D (Walters) is a young crack-head: smart, witty, desperate. Tom is completely out of his depth when he finds himself in D's abandoned warehouse attempting to do a "deal" with the energetic, volatile drug addict. The two enter into an irrational, deadly game of cat and mouse. The tense drama escalates when psychotic local crime-lord Hoodwink (Serkis) wakes up to find his snub nose gun missing.
Middle-class Tom (Mackintosh) and shell-suited nutcase Hoodwink (Serkis) each have their own dubious reasons for wanting to get their hands on a gun currently held by crack addict D (Walters). But as Tom and D reach an uneasy understanding, the tone turns preachy. Issues and lessons learned are practically indicated with red flags, the film failing to escape its stage-play origins (as 2003’s Collision). D’s distractingly inauthentic dialogue makes him a paper-thin caricature, but superb performances from the leads and the younger cast still put Sugarhouse well above most recent portrayals of Britain’s urban landscape.
Despite thin caricatures and dodgy dialogue, this still stands out on the street.