Insomnia sufferer Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) gets a night job at a supermarket and, to kill time, allows his artistic imagination to run wild.
This rather lovely full-length version of his award-winning short showcases Shaun Ellis’ aesthetic eye for even the most ordinary subject. Art student Ben (a wide-eyed Biggerstaff) turns his sleepless nights into ‘cashback’, working at Sainsbury’s, and using his mysterious power to stop time and strip female shoppers naked. But this is no tits and ass farce; here the copious nudity is natural and innocent, Ben painting the frozen moments with intricacy and care. His attraction to shop-girl Sharon (Fox) follows this exploration of beauty, and her heavy-lidded look and lightly world-weary way is ideal for the role. Cashback retains the feel of a short film, extended by flashbacks to Ben’s nudity-obsessed youth, allowing us to move through time as effortlessly as Ben is able to pause it. Still, the scant, lightweight plot holds it back from true greatness.
Much more than a tits and arse farce, this is an enjoyable, if lightweight effort.
Reviewed by Emily Phillips
An enjoyable movie that has lots of good ideas but doesn't do much with them. The premise, dialogue, characters, ideas and flashback scenes are all intelligent and inventive but unfortunately the plot is incredibly predictable and doesn't really seem to go anywhere. There are only minor conflicts and a lot of the movie (like the protagonist) spends a lot of time on pause, pondering and admiring, but when the ideas the movie ponders and the shots it admires are as good as these are it's hard not ... More
Posted by stevolegendbauer at 00:18, 06 April 2013 | Report This Post
Laugh out loud moments interspersed with sureal sequences and forays into philosophy. Could have been great but Cashback doesn't quite work as well as it should. The script is slightly too obvious and the characters cliched. But it's fun, so who cares. And it's probably the best Brit com since Hot Fuzz. ... More
Posted by SonnyDaze at 19:09, 06 October 2008 | Report This Post
Saw this last year and only laughed more at Borat. Understandable that some may find the plot a bit lightweight, but Lord of the Rings is about wee folk walking across a country to get rid of a ring. :P The plot doesn't stop the enjoyment. ... More
Posted by Martin1876 at 21:31, 24 April 2008 | Report This Post