A London Underground train driver (Mackenzie Crook) who has accidentally killed two passengers a few days apart learns that if he kills a third, he will be signed off work on full pay forever. So off he goes in search of a willing third participant.
There’s a deliciously dark idea behind this Brit comedy, but it doesn’t quite work. Paul (Mackenzie Crook) is a tube driver who accidentally kills two people on the track. One more hit that month and, his workmates tell him, he gets paid off with 10 years’ salary to compensate for the trauma. And so Paul seeks out suicidal Tommy (Colm Meaney), a drunken vagrant happy to throw himself under the train – so long as he can right his wrongs with Paul’s cash first. The two take an eventful road trip where faintly comic interludes ensue, but the most engaging scenes are between Tommy and his estranged wife (Imelda Staunton). Crook is miscast, however, and undercharacterised to the point of being an unsympathetic hero. Interesting, but messy.
Interesting, but messy.