2016 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

After fleeing from a sticky situation in London, smalltime crooks Lee (Robert Sheehan) and Sol (Osy Ikhile) have found the perfect place to lie low and get high: Southern India. But the karma is disturbed when a freak accident draws the attention of the local police and a familiar, if pretty, face appears on the doorstep. Guilt, paranoia, recklessness, retribution - there's definitely trouble in paradise in this trippy thriller from British director Charles Henri Belleville.

Director

  • Charles Henri Bellville

Cast

  • Robert Sheehan

  • Sofia Boutella

  • Craig Parkinson

  • Osy Ikhile

  • Rajendranath Zutshi

  • Jasper Pääkkönen

Review

What goes around comes around in an edgy crime caper that sees life catch up with a pair of naïve chancers at their tropical hideaway... before giving them a karmic kick up the arse.

After falling foul of London crime boss Marlowe (the splendidly loathsome Craig Parkinson), Lee and Sol (Sheehan and Ikhile) are now ducking and diving in India, soaking up the sun and making an easy rupee peddling drugs to hard-partying backpackers.

But their association with Marlowe (revealed in flashbacks) leaves them constantly looking over their shoulders. The tension increases with the sudden arrival of another target of Marlowe's less-than-charitable attentions, the beautiful Vix (Sofia Boutella).

It's Christmas, but the surprises don't end there. A fatal encounter with a sacred beast leads to trouble with the cops and their local business partner Shay (Bollywood veteran Rajendranath Zutshi). And it doesn't help that their ultra-spiritual housemate Mike (Jasper Pääkkönen) is less in control of his yin and yang than he looks.

Needless to say, trust is in short supply.

Shooting in saturated colours and editing with a woozily disorientating touch, director Belleville creates a palpable sense of unease.

The gangsters-and-geezers genre has been going grey for some time. With its arresting mix of the stylish and the raw, Jet Trash gives it a shot in the arm.

Elliott Noble