“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton ... / DVD released 2008-09-15 at Contender Home Entertainment Group / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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This review is for the DVD of the film "Three and Out", the primary actors being Mackenzie Crook, better known from his role in the comedy, The Office, and Colm Meaney.
The basic premise of this film is that a underground driver, Paul Callow played by Crook, in London by bad luck kills two individuals whilst driving his train. His work colleagues tell him that if he was to hit another individual within the week, then he'd be paid off due to the emotional stress, and that he could expect ten years wages in one go.
This appeals to the underground driver, who is by heart really a writer, and wants to leave his loud London flat for a much quieter existence in a peaceful house in Scotland. If he hit a third person, he'd get his compensation, and buy the house that he so desires. So, to avoid leaving the matter to chance, he goes to try to find someone that can be bribed to kill themselves.
I won't give too much of the plot away, which would spoil the film, but Paul Callow tries numerous different ways to find someone who is willing to die on front of his train. His initial attempts to find someone fail when his intended victim is willing to die, but wishes to be eaten by Callow, not just hit by a train. Then Callow gets luckier when he meets Tommy Cassidy, played by Meaney, who is willing to do a deal.
I enjoyed this film, but not as much as I thought I would. It was labelled as a comedy, and when the film was first scheduled for airing at the cinema, the train drivers union ASLEF fiercely criticsed making fun of train drivers, dying on the underground and the whole film. If they had chance to see the film though, they'd see that although there is a black comedy air to the whole movie, there is a large element of drama throughout, and a message which the film tries to get across.
For me however, this approach didn't really work, the premise was that the film was a comedy, and although I don't deny that it does have thoughtful implications to the viewer, it seems to me to fall between the aspirations of a comedy film and the aspirations of being a more serious drama. That isn't to say that the film isn't good or worth watching, just that I found it not more than entertaining, and felt it could be much more.
With respect to the DVD extras, I was disappointed to note that there was no commentary on the DVD, which I would have personally enjoyed. There was however a 15 minute section of around deleted scenes, which were interesting to see, a few of which I would have liked to have seen in the film. There's also an interesting featurette of the making of Three and Out and some trailers and cast and crew biographies. Interesting extras, but still would have been much better with a commentary.
The DVD retails at 15.99, but at the time of writing, it can be purchased directly from Amazon for 8.99 pounds including postage. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these can at the moment be found on sites such as eBay and Amazon for around three to four pounds including postage. The film lasts for 106 minutes, comes on one DVD, and is rated 15.
In summary, this was an enjoyable comedy, and I enjoyed the performances of Crook and Meaney, who I thought were believeable, and funny, in their roles. I wasn't impressed at some of the scripting in the film, and thought at times it was difficult to know what the film was trying to deliver. In the end, I found the film passable and funny, but lacking in many ways, and thinking it could have been better. However, it's a fun British comedy despite the black humour content, and I'd still say well worth watching.
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Three and Out recieved a lot of criticism upon release for being incredibly insensitive and, moreover, making jokes about the rather sensitive subject of suicides on the London Underground. The film revolves around Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook), a Tube driver, who has recently had to people die on his watch and, hating his job and pretty much his life, is told by his colleagues that if one more person were to die on his watch within the month, then he would be relieved of his job and be granted 10 years salary in one lump sum. Callow goes on a week's holiday after the second death and has just a few days to find one third person to hit with his train.
Callow eventually stumbles across Tommy Cassidy (Colm Meaney), a suicidal older man who is trying to kill himself, being fed up with life and having lost contact with his family, wife Rosemary (Imelda Staunton) and daughter Frances (Gemma Arterton). From here the question becomes, can Paul save Tommy from himself and reunite him with his family, and if he fails, will he be able to go through with killing Tommy as he promises him?
The film has a very, very strange tone - it is a comedy, but at the same time deals with some rather heavy subjects, and its conclusion is genuinely surprising in quite how daring it is. I think few expected the outcome that occured, both through its sheer lunacy, and in fact, how unfunny it really is, but in some measure I did admire the decision they made, ballsy as it was.
Promoted as a comedy, Three and Out misses its target completely, and will likely be met with criticism for its overly-serious second half. However, it must be commended for its strong performances (particularly from Colm Meaney), and its brave approach, even if it falters in the film's final moments.
Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook) is a tube driver who accidentally knocks someone down while driving his train. Paul's luck really has run out because a few days later it happens again, two 'one-under's in a week! A colleague lets him in on a little known secret rule of the London underground. Three under in the space of a month and your out. Not only are you out but you also get paid a lump sum of ten years salary. To paul with heavy debt and a desperate wish to leave the city this seems an attractive thought. Paul immediately begins to try and find someone willing to die under his train before the month is out. This doesn't prove very easy but it leads to a hilarious and emotional quest. He trys different ways but how exactly do you ask a stranger to die under you train? Will he find somebody and will they go through with it? A brilliant, witty and quirky comedy with a great cast.
I wanted to see Three and Out when it first came out but didn't get round to it when it was in the cinema. I recently cashed in some dooyoo miles and treated myself to a few new DVDs and books on Amazon. Seeing Three and Out was a good price I thought I would give it a go as I really liked the sound of it.
Three and Out tells the story of disillusioned tube drive Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook) who dreams of living a peaceful existence in a remote cottage in Scotland surrounded by books and writing for a living. In reality he hates his job, struggles to pay rent and is getting frustrated by the hustle and bustle of London life. To make matters worse, when at work on the tube, he somehow manages to run over not one but two people in quick succession. But, as life seems like it can't get any worse for Paul, his colleagues tell him about the 'three and out' rule - you run over three people in a month and you qualify for early retirement with 10 years wages! This seems like the opportunity he has always been waiting for so Paul sets about looking for his third 'victim'.
In doing so he comes across Tommy Cassidy (Colm Meaney), a depressed Irishman about to jump off Hornsey Lane Bridge (or Suicide Bridge as it is more commonly known!) Paul convinces Tommy that jumping in front of his tube is a much better option than the bridge and offers him £1500 to have a final dream weekend with prior to their macabre Monday appointment. Tommy subsequently decides to trace down his wife and daughter that he has not seen for several years and Paul makes the decision to accompany him to ensure he sticks to their deal. The plot then follows their journey and the unexpected but touching friendship that grows between the pair. Of course Monday soon comes around but will Paul and Tommy be able to stick to their deal?
It must be said; I really, really liked this film. The whole idea is completely original and unusual, which is always refreshing, particularly as I tend to watch a lot of loveable but predictable rom coms! It has some hilarious black comedy moments, particularly at the beginning but also takes several unexpected rather moving and emotional turns. There is a whole lot more to the plot than originally meets the eye and the film succeeds in delivering a story bursting with both comedy and drama alike. And ok, suicide may be a rather controversial theme but the film manages to handle the issue with compassion and sensitivity and the laughs come from elsewhere.
The film does well in grabbing your attention from the very first scene and it had me hooked from the beginning. The film is generally quite comedic at first with some genuine laugh out loud moments. Unfortunately at one point it seemed to be trailing off slightly some of the jokes seemed out of place and awkward, particularly the burglary scene and an overdone joke concerning a suicidal German who wants Paul to eat him. But the film does recover and gradually incorporates some more emotional scenes in with the funny stuff.
The result is an original black comedy with plenty of plot twists and sadness. Despite some heavy themes of suicide, regret and euthanasia, the film is uplifted with a generous sprinkling of dark humour. The final 15 minutes and the ending of the film are extremely moving and did make me choke up but the film ends on a high.
All of the main characters put in some brilliant performances and the film is well acted throughout. Crook is quirky and lovable as Paul and excels in the lead role. And although Meaney has a tendency to occasionally overact as Tommy his character is very likeable and you find yourself really caring about him as the film progresses. The friendship between the two is sweet and believable and there are some both heart wrenching and funny scenes with the two. Other notable performances come from Tommy's wife and daughter played by Imelda Staunton and Gemma Arterton respectively. Staunton successfully portrays a wife who has been left heartbroken by her husband's departure and her emotion at seeing him again comes across as raw and realistic. Arterton is hampered slightly by an annoying fake scouse accent but has fun with her character and does well at playing a rebellious young woman desperately trying to fill the void her father left in her life.
In my opinion Three and Out is underrated and is actually an entertaining and moving black comedy drama with a great storyline, strong script and memorable performances. I highly recommend it.
Available to buy from Amazon for £4.98
Running Time: 106 minutes
Extras: Making of, Deleted scenes, Trailers, Alternative Credits, Cast & Crew Biographies
This film is a british comedy, and I was looking forward to watching this, but I found it disappointing. This Premiered on Sky Movies Premier 2 weeks ago and is still being shown on Sky Movies Comedy.
The films starts with Paul Callow (MacKenzie Crook)as a London train driver, he is driving his train one day when someone ends up on the train tracks in front of him by accident, as their dog got a bit nosy about a rat on the train line! The man gets dragged onto the line and Paul tries to stop the train, which is impossible in the short space. He runs over the man and kills him. This happens again after a couple of weeks. At this point he finds out from work colleagues that if he kills 3 people in a month then he gets sacked with a compensation payout of 10 years wages. The company says that if you run over 3 people in a month, then psyclogically your mind won't recover. He has done 2 people in 3 weeks and if wanting to do this, then he has 1 week to get his next "victim". The company has gave him leave until the last day of the month. Is this to recover, or to stop them potentially having to payout?
This gives Paul something to think about. He is a writer and loves the idea of moving up to the hills in Scotland to a remote cottage and continuing his writing, but he can't afford the price of the cottage. Surely with 10 years pay he could?
He decides it is worth a shot. So how do you find someone who is willing to be thown under a train? He starts researching suicides, going on to web sites and looking the streets. He finds some one called Tommy who was just about to thrown himself off a bridge, so Paul stops him. What's in it for Tommy? Paul offers him £1500. Not much good for a dead guy. Tommy says a deal is a deal and if Paul was to give him the money in advance, then he could live it up before his death.
There's not much else I can say about the film, as it would give the ending away. 1 thing I would say is that Tommy gets in trouble with the police. Will he get out to do his duty? After all it has to be done by monday. There was a twist at the end, which I didn't see coming, but that's all I can say. You will have to watch it yourself.
This film wasn't as good as I thought and it was disappointing to me. It seemed to cover a lot of what the film was about in the first 15 minutes, and with another 80 minutes to go after that, I thought they could have spread the "drama" out a bit. In the first 8 minutes he had killed the 2 people, been told of the payout and nearly had found Tommy, all in that short space of time.
I would not watch this again, as it was a let down. There really wasn't much comedy in this even though it was billed as a comedy.
So how is this for Dooyoo doing its job, today I read a review of a film that I really liked the sound of so when the boyfriend said he was on his way home and did I want him to pick up a DVD rental I was able to get the film, watch it and now offer my opinion.
I could just say read the review I read as it says it all about this comic drama which is very entertaining, has some funny moments but is by no means a pure comedy in my opinion.
Mackenzie Crook, creepy Gareth from The Office, stars as London Underground driver Paul who has the misfortune to have two people commit suicide by jumping on the line in front of his train, now most people would need counselling but then he is told that if three people do it in a month you get full pay and no need to work and so he hatches a plot to find someone wanting to kill themselves and who will jump in front of his train as a way of getting out of a job and life that he really does not like.
There is certainly a dark side to the humour in this film and when he finds Tommy played by Colm Meaney he thinks he has an answer to his problem. I can understand wy a film like this could cause some upset and it does have more drama in it than comedy however it is a well performed and well delivered bit of film that is more about relationships than it is about making the viewer laugh.
I'm glad I read the review and I'm glad I got to see this film it was certainly enjoyable and made me think a bit as well as providing the occasional laugh.
For London Underground tube drivers there must be nothing worse than someone throwing themselves under your train. For tube driver Paul Callow (Mackenzie Crook) it's even worse as two people have fallen in front of his train in a month. When his colleagues tell him that if you get three in a month you get paid off on full pay, Paul spends his weeks enforced leave trying to find someone willing to jump in front of his train. This is how he finds Tommy Cassidy (Colm Meaney) but rather than just accept Tommy as someone to run over they start to connect, will Paul still be able to kill Tommy once he gets to know him?
I'd seen this advertised last year and thought it looked like quite a good film. I wasn't too sure what I was expecting when I sat down to watch it, although part of me was expecting an out and out comedy, especially with Mackenzie Crook's involvement. It was soon quite clear though that this wouldn't be the case and despite there being some rather funny moments I would say this was more of a drama than a comedy. It didn't particularly follow any standard formulas and the writers kept things fresh with some good twists and turns.
It's the first time that director Jonathan Greshfield has made a major motion picture having given himself a grounding in TV direction. Having worked on the likes of Big Train I had expected this film to contain more comedy but it works just as well with the drama. In fact it's because of Greshfield's direction and his choice of camera angles, mood lighting and dramatic close ups to give the film a bit of feeling and tension.
While the direction is spot on the film would have been a real disappointment had it not been for Tony Owen and Steve Lewis's script. Like Greshfield this is their first major project and they seem to have taken to it particularly well. It's a good heartfelt story that mixes a decent amount of drama with some very funny moments. Of course the plot did cause outrage with the tube drivers union but I think it's important that when watching this film that people remember it is just a story. There is alsoa good mixture of characters that really draw you in. The characters are absorbing and I found myself actually wanting to know what happened to both Paul and Tommy.
Like the script and direction this would not have been possible had the actors performances not been up to much. Thankfully the whole cast give decent performances and the real star of the show is Mackenzie Crook and his portrayal of Paul Callow. You really start to feel for Paul and while he is trying to find someone to kill, you almost hope he succeeds and manages to escape his hell in London. It's a good performance from Crook and again while he has some funny moments, this is a very gripping role and at total contrast to his Pirates of the Caribbean character.
There are also particularly good performances from the rest of the cast. Colm Meaney is his usual star self as Tommy Cassidy and like Crook really makes you care for the character. I've always found Meaney to be a decent actor and this just reinforces it. Likewise there are great performances from Imelda Staunton and Gemma Atherton. In fact Atherton's performance will have played a part in her recent appearance in the new James Bond film.
Overall this is a pretty decent movie. I wasn't particularly sure what to expect from this movie but in fact I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't quite the comedy it was perhaps billed as but I think it made for a very good drama. It had a solid cast, with a decent script and plot while Jonathan Greshfield's direction was also very well executed. I'm not sure if I could recommend buying this movie as it is very a film I could only watch once but that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it. If you can see Three and Out on TV or as a rental then I would seriously suggest you do.
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Oh this film was so dissapointing, I really like going to see good British comedies, and their have been classics like Brassed off, Full Monty and Blackball, but this just completely let British comedy down.
The films starts with Paul Callow (MacKenzie Crook - who you will remember from Pirates of The Carribean, the one with the missing eye) as a London train driver, he is harmlessly driving his train one day when someone ends up on the train tracks in front of him and he runs them over. This happens again after a small period of time at which point two of his work mates tell him that if you kill three people in a month you get a massive compensation payout and your sent on your way, as the mind just can't recover.
Paul Callow returns to his crappy London house and you get the feeling that this is a man that isn't exactly all the fun of the fair, he lives in a flat where one of his neighbours has regular parties which he never attends - and he aspires to be a writer. His flat is surrounded by books and his base is his typewriter. His dream as it becomes clear is to move to a little remote house in the middle of nowhere to be alone with his books, but he just can't afford it!
That is why this idea of the massive compensation payout begins to play on his mind, if he takes it he could quit being a train driver and fulfill his ambition of being a proffesional writer. As a result he starts researching suicides, going on to web sites and attending local suicide hotspots. Eventually he meets Tommy Cassidy (Colm Meaney, who I raved about in my review of Layer Cake).
Tommy is a suicidal drunk who is about to jump off a local bridge when Paul finds him, eventually they get talking and Paul persaudes Tommy to jump in front of his train, but their is a catch (isn't their always), Tommy wants some money now, so he can do a few of the things he wanted to do in the last few days before his death, after much debating between the two they agree.
That is really as much as I can say about this film without spoiling it, although I think the film does that pretty easily on its own. The main thing that really grated me about this film was the performance by Gemma Arteton who is the new Bond girl. She is simply stunning to be fair, and I believe she has done some good pieces of acting but in this she is truly god damn awful, she has a fake thick scouse accent and it's so bad I was tempted to walk out.
The ending of the film was about all that was good about it, for two reasons, it was a nice little twist in the plot and secondly it meant I could leave the cinema and never think about this god awful film ever again (apart from destroy it on dooyoo obviously).
The big shame with it though, and the thing that winds me up is that it had the potential of being a good film, the plot line is there. But it's almost like they couldn't work out if they were making a serious film or a comedy and in reality ended up with getting neither right. All I can do is strongly suggest that you never waste your time on this film, it has a rating of 5.7/10 on IMDB and I think that is really flattering.