Wild Bill

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"He's the meanest wanker in town"
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 7.2  (14,565)

Wild Bill is a 2011 British crime drama movie that has been directed by Dexter Fletcher. The movie revolves around a man named Bill, who has just been released from prison after serving eight years for various offenses. The film stars Charlie Creed-Miles in the lead role, who plays Wild Bill, along with actors Will Poulter and Sammy Williams.

The story of Wild Bill is set in the East End of London, where Wild Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns after serving time in prison to find that his ex-wife has left him to care for their two young sons. The two boys, Dean and Jimmy (played by Will Poulter and Sammy Williams respectively), are initially resistant to their father's return, having been raised by their grandmother who passed away during Bill's imprisonment.

However, Bill is determined to make amends with his sons and prevent them from following in his footsteps. He begins by moving them out of their squalid council flat and into a small council house, which he tries to make into a proper home. The younger son, Jimmy, is eager to reconnect with his father and accepts him readily, but the elder son, Dean, is more wary and resentful of Bill's return.

As Bill begins to try and turn his life around, he is forced to confront the demons of his past. He finds himself once again drawn into the world of crime when he agrees to work for a local drug lord, Terry (Leo Gregory), who is pressuring him to take back control of his old gang. Bill struggles to keep his former life at bay and protect his sons from being dragged into his dangerous world.

The story is packed with moments of tension and turmoil, as Bill tries to navigate his new life and relationship with his sons. As the film progresses, we see how his efforts to be a better man are hindered by his past, and the real possibility of falling back into old habits.

Charlie Creed-Miles is excellent in the lead role of Wild Bill, presenting him as a complex and flawed character who is trying to turn his life around. Creed-Miles brings depth and emotional honesty to his character, making him both likeable and troubled at the same time. Will Poulter and Sammy Williams deliver standout performances as Bill's two sons, bringing a level of maturity and nuance to their roles that belies their years.

The film also benefits from impressive supporting performances from a talented cast. Leo Gregory is suitably menacing as Terry, the drug lord who wants to bring Bill back into the criminal fold, and Liz White delivers a convincing turn as Roxy, a local woman who strikes up a relationship with Bill.

The movie's direction is impressive, with Dexter Fletcher bringing a gritty realism to the East End setting. The film takes advantage of the rough surroundings and contrasts it with its lead characters' attempts to escape it. It presents the changes of heart and principles that every human being goes through in life and not just those ex-convicts.

The script is well written, blending drama, humor, and action into a cohesive whole. The story manages to keep the viewer engaged and invested in the characters' fates, without ever resorting to cheap tricks or melodrama. The dialogue is sharp and snappy, delivered convincingly by a talented cast.

In conclusion, Wild Bill is a compelling and well-made movie that presents a tale of redemption and responsibility. The story is driven by strong performances and an excellent script, making it an emotionally engaging drama that will resonate with viewers long after the credits roll. Its highlights include its charismatic lead, stellar casting, and impressive direction that bring about an empathetic redemption story that is sought by many. It is a must-watch for drama enthusiasts and those interested in life changes.

Wild Bill is a 2011 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (14,565)