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Freefall (2009)

'Diamond' Dave Matthews works for a ruthless firm providing mortgages to families denied credit, regardless of whether they can afford the repayments. Divorced City banker Gus sells ... See full summary »

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Dominic Savage

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Dominic Savage
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Cooper ... Dave
Laura Ainsworth ... Attractive Woman 1
Aidan Gillen ... Gus
Joseph Mawle ... Jim
Olivia Chamberlain Olivia Chamberlain ... Gemma
Riz Ahmed ... Gary
Steve Clark Steve Clark ... Terraced House Father
Alfie Allen ... Ian
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Area Manager
Juliet Cunnington Juliet Cunnington ... Jim House Owner
Jayden Chamberlain Jayden Chamberlain ... Ryan
Mona Goodwin Mona Goodwin ... Attractive Girl 2
Brian Handley Brian Handley ... Estate Agent 1
Sarah Harding ... Sam
Emer Kenny ... Kate
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'Diamond' Dave Matthews works for a ruthless firm providing mortgages to families denied credit, regardless of whether they can afford the repayments. Divorced City banker Gus sells lucrative corporate mortgages over the phone and literally has orgasms at his own success. Dave runs into old school-mate Jim Potter, a married security guard with two children and, under the guise of friendship, offers him and his family an escape from their drab council estate. But the repayments rocket,dragging the Potters into a spiral of debt. Jim works overtime but is so exhausted he sleeps on the job and is sacked. Gus's workaholicism alienates him from his daughter and colleague/lover Anna, who resigns, and he is undone by the world recession, losing his job, his purpose in life, and he kills himself. Jim confronts Dave but to no avail.The Potters are re-possessed though they move up in the world when they are re-homed whilst Dave carries on deceiving more families with a different company. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English

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14 July 2009 (UK) See more »

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Dave: Alright darling.
Sam: What the fucking hell is wrong with you!
Dave: What are you talking about?
Sam: Do you think I'm fucking stupid?
Dave: No I don't think your stupid, what are you saying?
Sam: Where were you the other night?
Dave: Which night, when?
Sam: Which night, when, what
[she fake laughs]
Sam: don't play the fucking innocent with me you know what I'm talking about Dave.
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Very intriguing and well-made, though with a couple of limitations
29 April 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With some talented names involved and a very interesting subject matter, 'Freefall' had the potential from the get go to be good. Luckily for 'Freefall', although there are a few flaws, it handles the story intriguingly and was clearly made with accomplishment and passion.

Starting with 'Freefall's' flaws, a couple of the dialogue exchanges lack nuance and rather have the subtlety of an axe and also sounding on the awkward side, the exchange between Dave and Sam did have me cringing a bit. It's also short on character development, the characters are certainly interesting, and judging from personal experience the portrayals of bankers and mortgage salespeople is reasonably accurate (no sugar-coating here), but very black and white making the drama in places a touch too on the grim side, the writing of Aidan Gillen's character Gus particularly. 'Freefall' is very well acted on the whole, but there is one exception and that is Sarah Harding as Sam, over-acting so irritatingly that it's a relief that her appearance here is brief.

'Freefall' has however many strengths. With the stylish editing, austere but atmospheric colours that go perfectly with the tone of the drama and the documentary-style camera work, 'Freefall' is very well-made. The music really adds to the emotional impact and intensity, and never felt over-bearing, obtrusive, annoying, one-note or out-of-kilter. Apart from a couple of unsubtle exchanges, the script is very astute, thought-provoking and refreshingly realistic for a one-off drama taking on a social-commentary/documentary-style approach, remarkable for a drama that apparently was ad-libbed a lot of the time.

The story is very absorbing and zips along very assuredly thanks to the atmosphere and Dominic Savage's focused direction. While not the most informative of drama content-wise, it is delivered very insightfully. The characters, while not particularly well-developed, are interesting, with Dave being the most compelling and Jim and Mandy being the ones that a tinge of empathy is felt for. With the sole exception of Harding, the cast are very good to wonderful, with swaggering Dominic Cooper, cautious Anna Maxwell Martin and particularly vulnerable Joseph Mawle faring especially strongly. Aidan Gillen has a great brooding intensity too and Rosamund Pike is charming and poised.

All in all, not perfect but very intriguing and well-made. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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