Rise of the Footsoldier

2010
  |  214 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Double bill of British gangster thrillers. 'Bonded By Blood' (2010) depicts the events surrounding the Essex drugs war in the mid-1990s. The film charts the ever-increasing drug shipments, gangland politics and extreme violence that culminated in the brutal murder of three gangsters - Tony Tucker (Terry Stone), Patrick Tate (Tamer Hassan) and Craig Rolfe (Neil Maskell) - in their Range Rover in Rettendon in 1995. 'Rise of the Footsoldier' (2007) offers a gritty portrayal of the life of Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett), football hooligan, whose innate ferocity propels him into an escalating life of serious crime. Over the course of three decades, Leach 'progresses' from attack-dog hooligan to nightclub bouncer, before becoming involved with the ever-expanding drug scene - his passport into the criminal elite.