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Essex Boys: Law of Survival (2015)

Danny, an ex-street-thug, takes on the Essex underworld after they turn his life upside-down.


Steven M. Smith


Chris Bell (story), Christopher Jolley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Birdsall ... Hemp
Chris Bell ... Danny
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ... Franks
Megan Lockhurst ... Judy
Mark Sears ... Sean Jones
Abbie Steele ... Amy
James Hodcroft James Hodcroft ... Lee
Jake Francis ... Detective Allen
Darren James King Darren James King ... Harvey
Owen Clark Owen Clark ... Gerard (The Yank)
Carlton Leach Carlton Leach ... Himself
Anthony Wakefield Anthony Wakefield ... Darren
Dean Martin Dean Martin ... DCI Gregg
Rosanna Barr Rosanna Barr ... Sharon
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... Mr. Carroll


Danny, an ex-street-thug, takes on the Essex underworld after they turn his life upside-down.

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The "Yank" scenes were all filmed on location in the Essex village Bicknacre. Bicknacre is a neighboring village to Rettendon, where the infamous Range Rover murders took place. See more »


Gerard (The Yank): Your cousin's a piece of shit!
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Complete mix of good and bad
10 October 2015 | by moviemixupupSee all my reviews

This is the second film I have now seen from director Steven M Smith. The first being the much commented and criticised Hooligans at War, North vs South. Where lets be honest, there is no direction at all, poorly led from start to finish and what I can only guess was done on a shoe string budget. Before watching this movie, my expectations were very low. However within the first 20 minutes of this film, the difference in improvement was clear to see. Yes, there are still lots of faults and quality issues. But the film flowed and the storyline had thought and meaning. The film was watchable and much better than others are saying in their reviews.

I noticed that there was quite a few of familiar faces in this film. These faces are from Steven M Smiths HAW. I was pleased to see Chris Bell again playing a lead role (Danny) who puts in a well delivered performance and I must mention Ross Boatman (Franks) who as always was fantastic.

On the less positive side James Hodcroft (Lee) was a poor choice for this type of film. I have never met anybody from Essex who talks with such a corrective pronouncing tongue. Seriously, who taught this guy to speak? Stop emphasising every word spoken. I couldn't take this guy seriously and lowered the overall quality of acting within the lead roles. I was also amazed to see that there were other actors used in HAW that we're used again in LOS. Josh played my Mark Windham (also Mickey in HAW) is just awful. A complete mumbling poor excuse for an actor that makes watching paint dry fun. There were several of the hooligans in the early fight scenes duplicated from both films that have no idea what a real fight is and just hoping to get there face on TV.

Although the quality of this film could of been better and at times still appeared to be filmed on a low quality mobile phone, I enjoyed the film. As low budget movies go, the team should be very proud of the end product. Chris Bell and Steven M Smith have written this film very well and brought it from pen and paper to our TV screens. I look forward to seeing what these two come up with next. If they keep improving as they have done here and do without the poor actors and repeat hooligans, things will surely only get better? If you do insist on using the same actors in your films, keep hold of the good ones such as Pat Garner, Alan Lund, Darren Placid and Colin Vidler who can keep the believability of the characters real and perform to high levels.

My eyes will peeled for what you two have for us next.

Keep up the good work.

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