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Terry review

Nick Nevern's tale of a London thug is viciously realistic

“Geezers need excitement. If their lives don’t provide them this, they incite violence...”

Part happy-slapping video, part Man Bites Dog faux-doc, Terry offers a killer turn from writer/director Nick Nevern as the eponymous ASBO thug who brags he’s “London’s worst nightmare”.

Following him via the camcorder lens of a film student mate, Nevern’s no-budget YouTube aesthetic captures its lead’s hair-trigger “Oi! Oi! Oi!” viciousness with a verve that’s more Mike Skinner than Mockney.

Chillingly real, it’s only let down by a third-act turnaround that, as Terry would say, bottles it.

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