Written by an ex-copper, set in Newcastle’s sink estates during the rolling blackouts of 1974, and featuring a western siege in an abandoned police station, director Vince Woods’ debut wants to be Get Carter meets Assault On Precinct 13 .
Unfortunately, it looks more like The Bill meets Byker Grove . The tobacco-stained lensing adds suitable period grime, but the script is leaden with clichés as iffy as the casting – with the hard-ass DI (back to crack heads on his home turf after seeing it all on the mean streets of Hong Kong) played by the perfectly rosy-looking Stephen Tompkinson.

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