The film follows the wild exploits of two freewheeling Russians as they embark on a headlong charge through the seedy underworld of the multi-cultural melting pot that is London.
Based on Sergei Sakin and Pavel Tetersky’s diaries, Bol’she Ben: A Guide To Ripping Off London, this is part Guy Ritchie, part Ken Loach. And let’s face it, that could have been a disaster — but happily Suzie Halewood’s debut feature isn’t half bad. Despite a rocky start, once it settles down the adventure of Cobakka (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrey Chadov) in the grime of South-East London sheds some honest light on many of the rough and ugly truths about the modern migrant experience in Britain.
Bigga Than Ben
Released: 22 June 2009
Extras include a ‘making of’.
Reviewed by Will Thomas