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An action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. A gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 3.7/10 (1,302 voted)

Mo Ali

Stars: Kedar Williams-Stirling, Adam Deacon, Ashley Bashy Thomas

An action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. A gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own.


Kedar Williams-Stirling


Adam Deacon


Ashley Bashy Thomas


Michael Socha


Jan Uddin

Sweet Boy

Kaya Scodelario


Jennie Jacques

Ree Ree

Rheanne Murray


Jerome Holder


Colin Salmon


Terry Stone


Robbie Gee


Luke de Woolfson


Robert Fucilla


Eddie Kadi

Reggae Chef

If you're not one of us, you're a victim.


Official Website:
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Release Date: 26 March 2010

Box Office Details

Budget: £385,000


Opening Weekend: £278,906
(28 March 2010)
(86 Screens)

Gross: £550,213
(19 April 2010)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


The script was work-shopped at various schools in the South London area to make sure the teenage dialog sounded authentic.


Kickz says his going to 'cotch' and leans on the pole but the seen right after he is behind the group waiting.


Call me sket again, I will punch you in your balls.

User Review

A great movie to walk out to.

Rating: 1/10

Walking out of a film half an hour before the end is a gesture I used
to abhor. No matter how rancid a film appears to be, you should always
see it through once you've started. Otherwise you're not quite in a
position to properly criticise it.

I've changed my mind innit. Shank was profoundly unwatchable. I saw it
in a theatre with maybe another 50 people; I could hear sighs and
groans coming from all directions throughout the picture. Every macho
posture, every tedious shouting match, every useless camera jerk, every
inept stylistic manoeuvre seemed to audibly destroy a part of someone
in there. Myself included, which is why I got the hell outta there.

I haven't seen Bullet Boy or Kidulthood, two other London-set youth
violence epics which apparently bear a resemblance to this dirge, so I
cannot compare them. I can only say that Shank is a stain on the good
name of film. It consists of scene after scene of fantastically
unappealing teen anti-heroes yelling at each other in grimy
surroundings, punctuated by the occasional flashy chase scene or, in
one instance, a dogfight captured in outdated computer graphics.
Despite the digitally-enhanced nature of this scene, we don't actually
see the dogs fighting, just about 5 minutes of close-ups of the
deliriously screaming spectators – the film actually goes out of its
way to be boring and repetitive; I simply cannot believe that this was
an accident or oversight.

I kinda have a thing for Kaya Scodelario, and the promise of her
presence may have been the deciding factor in making me go to see this
mush. But she couldn't save it for me; she didn't even show up until
the film had battered me senseless for over an hour, and by then I had
already accepted that the useless script wasn't gonna give her a chance
to display the spunk and sex appeal she delivered in Skins. This
useless film wouldn't even let Kaya be spunky and sexy! I walked out
shortly after she showed up, when it became clear she was there only
for the lead actors to harass her a little bit.

I'm pretty much finished now. Thank you for reading. And please don't
give the makers of Shank any of your hard-earned, or even
hard-benefited cash. They must learn to try harder.