4,3,2,1 -- Film Review



CANNES -- "4, 3, 2, 1" ... blast off for this slamming cinematic from Icon. A frantic, back-and-forth romp as four girls careen through three days in two cities and solve the big diamond caper, this diversion should pack in pounds in the U.K.

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A whirlwind smash of now-and-then storytelling, "4, 3, 2, 1" plays loose and fast. Hinged loosely around a cheeky MacGuffin -- diamonds in a Pringles container -- it's a frothy frolic juiced by the appealing foursome who star as the hyperactive and ultra-attractive lasses: Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibund and Shanika Warren-Markland.

They're a rebellious lot, each with their individual "issues," ranging from secret Internet boyfriends, low self-esteem, depression and family identity issues. Screenwriter Noel Clarke has hot-wired their individual stories onto the diamond-caper plotline, and cross-connected them into an entertaining if not always comprehensible story.

It's unabashedly style over substance in every way: from the zesty performances, the glossy surfaces, the smash cuts, the rampaging score. Credit director Noel Clarke and Mark Davis for their filmmaking wizardry, and, also, for stimulating the free-wheeling performances.

Among the foursome, Tamsin Egerton stands out as a headstrong rich girl, while Shanika Warren-Markland brandishes a feminist ferocity with sex appeal. In a cameo, filmmaker Kevin Smith is properly appalling as the airline traveler from hell.

Special credit to editor Mark Everson for the complex cross-cuts and the warp-speed pacing which make "4" a very nice score.

Festival de Cannes -- Market
Sales: Icon International
Production: Unstoppable Entertainment
Cast: Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibund, Shanika Warren-Markland, Mandy Patinkin, Helen McCrory, Noel Clarke, Kevin Smith
Directors: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
Screenwriter: Noel Clarke. Producers: Damon Bryant, Noel Clarke, Mark Davis, Dean O'Toole
Director of photography: Franco Pezzino
Production designer: Murray McKeown
Costume designer: Andy Blake
\Editor: Mark Everson
Music: Adam Lewis, Barnaby Robson
No Rating, 110 minutes