Comedy / Crime / Drama / Music

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 1,905


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August 4, 2020



Laura Fraser as Alison
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930.24 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
101 min
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1.87 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
101 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kevin c 5 / 10 / 10

Rave into the grave

This film had all the ingredients but didn't work for me. This is tartan Dazed & Confused territory - one last BIG night fare. And Trainspotting hangs over affairs, with one of the main characters a double-take for Spud and a PoundLand Renton in the tale. The trouble is it chucks all the ingredients in: Criminal Justice bill, coming Blair; closing down of the mines; police brutality. But they all seem muddled (or incorrect). And many of the characters incredibly one-dimensional. However, it ends on a tender note as two young men whose bond is strengthened through their shared love of music.

Reviewed by costa-83836 9 / 10 / 10

Great visual experience about friendship and a specific time in the UK

I saw this movie on a surprise screening at the IFFR. It was voted third by the viewers at the festival and therefore got chosen for an extra screening. I was blown away by this film. It's almost entirely shot with a grey filter that adds to the grittiness of the Scottish town where this movie predominantly plays in. The story in itself is quite simple. but the interaction between the characters makes sure that this was movie is one of the most unique 'coming of age' experiences i've seen. The movie is full of humor in a way that feels very natural. The movie is visually beautiful in it's own gritty way. At a certain point in the way movie the style of cinematografy completely changes in a way that helps immerse the viewer in a fresh and exciting way. I do not want to spoil the movie in any way, If you have a chance to see this movie in the cinema I would advise you to do so. The sound is amazing and brings the whole experience together. Even if you are not a fan of the genre of music (like me) this movie will probably still be amazing. 9/10.

Reviewed by torrascotia 9 / 10 / 10

Easily the best film made about rave culture.

I was lucky enough to attend the UK premier of Beats which was the closing gala film at the Glasgow Film Festival 2019. Tickets sold out so fast for this film that they eventually had to accommodate four showings instead of one. There has been a buzz around this movie ever since it was publicised that they were making a film about the rave scene in the 1990s, based in West Lothian. Steven Soderberghs name was connected with the project it sounded like they were taking the music seriously. A well known face on the Scottish techno scene JD/DJ Twitch of Optimo and Pure fame was down to advise on the music. The story focuses on two friends who attempt to attend an illegal rave at the time of the Criminal Justice Bill being enforced in the UK, which made any gathering where repetitive beats were played prohibited. While the story is straightforward its the eye for detail and characters which make this film stand out. It has already been compared to Trainspotting, its about youth/music/drug/working class/Scottish culture in common. However its a very different film, the time is different, the music is different and so are the drugs. Its more similar in tone to the Irish movie Young Offenders and is shot in a way that reminded me of Rumble Fish, black and white with a few things shown in colour for contrast. Its very funny in places and the chaos of illegal drug use is well represented here. The characters are well rounded, believable and if you are from around these parts, recognisable. The cast were simply excellent. Where this film stands out is in its authenticity of showing the Scottish working class experience and the rave experience. This film will be very big in Scotland and with anyone who ever attended a rave, especially during the 90s. I was there at the time and the film makers have nailed it. I spoke to others in the audience and they agreed. Its probably the most realistic a film will get to that experience, its that well done. The soundtrack deserves a special mention as they have chosen some of the best tracks around at that time but they didn't stick to massive commercial hits all the way through. How well you know the music of the time may influence how you experience some of the scenes. The only downside of the experience was that theatre I watched it in did not have a great sound system, that would make a big difference however I will happily see it again in a multiplex once its released in May. Attending a Scottish premier usually raises mixed feelings, you want to like it but in many cases they sadly don't deliver. This is one of those rare occasions when the high expectations were met with reality. The last time that happened? Well that was Trainspotting. Highly recommended.

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