Let’s see, how do I explain this movie… Actually, the tag line of this movie’s title says it perfectly;
“One Night, Two Men, Three Hostages. No Clue.”
This movie starts with Ajay (Ray Panthaki) and Shaan (Adeel Akhtar) running into an all-night garage with their faces partially covered, waving guns and demanding money. The terrified staff explain that there is no money in the till and the safe is on a time lock until 6am, so Ajay & Shaan decide to hang around until then…
The 2 male staff members are taken to the back room, tied up, threatened and held hostage, all seems to be going to plan until Levi (Vicky McClure) turns up for her shift and assumes the 2 guys are the new trainee staff members, due tomorrow, arrived a day early, so, they assume the role of the trainee staff.
It’s so comical when Shaan who obviously takes an immediate shine to ‘quiz loving’ Levi and Ajay has to constantly remind him that they don’t actually work there and that they are in the middle of a robbery!
During the nightshift, we get a glimpse of the friendship between Shaan & Ajay alongside some bizarre customers that frequent the place throughout the night, admist all of this Ajay & Shaan have to ensure Levi doesn’t go into the backroom and discover their hostages.
Things really heat up when some Russian club bosses whom Shaan owes money, comes into the garage as a cutomer, only to recognise them ..
There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, punctuated by some real emotional ones, particularly when Barry (Anthony Head) comes into the garage and has an amazing scene with Shaan as a suicidal man, this scene also gives us an insight to another side of Shaan’s character.
Levi is probably the most ‘normal’ character in this crazy night, at times she feels like a breath of fresh air!
Ajay came across as quite selfish at first but as the story moves on, we see that he may not be quite as selfish as he makes out.
As the movie progresses, we learn why the robbery is happening, how these unlikely criminals felt they had no other choice and it does make you question if it’s ever OK to the the wrong thing for the right reason…?
Quite thought provoking….
Convenience is a fantastic laugh out loud comedy, starting off quite slapstick in some of the humor, but delves deeper into the personality of each main character, so doesn’t leave you feeling disappointed.
I love the PLOT TWIST at the end (you could actually argue that there were 2 plot twists), but no spoilers here!
I am proud that this movie is British and also lovely to see to Asian main characters without a wedding or in-law in sight!
If you want a good laugh – this is a must – see!
Review by Chanel x