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Kill a third passenger and retire on the proceeds
Three and Out (DVD)
Member Name: julwhite
Three and Out (DVD)
Advantages: Funny black comedy, some thoughtful elements
Disadvantages: Could have been better, maybe too much of a drama
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.
Summary: Worth watching as some great acting