It is difficult to know where to start with this film as everything is terrible. The storyline seemingly attempts to achieve too much whilst at the same time going absolutely nowhere. It is incredibly convoluted and ultimately very boring. The writers (Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street) have clearly tried to write a 'brave' piece of cinema by tackling issues such as paraplegia, PTSD amongst other things, but all of this is lost in the messiness of the plot and lack of focus on specific themes. This is worsened by the fact that there is no connection between the audience and the characters because there is no character development throughout the film. None of the characters are fleshed out in any meaningful way for anyone to have any feelings for or against them.
To make matters worse the script is very cringey; I watched the majority of the film through my hands as I was cringing so much. On top of all of this, the acting is wooden and emotionless. Watching this film actually makes you appreciate how good other actors are. There was no point during this film where I felt immersed; all the actors were clearly acting (and acting badly). Stuart Brennan's acting was atrocious; the scene where he bleeds over their business plan was a notable low point - so unrealistic and overdramatic that it was laughable. There is a restaurant scene that also sticks in the memory for all the wrong reasons. The scene is a microcosm for the whole film, awful acting, a terrible script and ultimately quite bizarre.
The casting was also atrocious. Stuart Brennan cast as a 29-year-old is comical. Stuart Brennan's character is supposed to be young and trendy and he looks like a middle-aged man that has been dressed by my 66-year-old dad.
The main difficulty I have with this film is that I'm not sure who is to blame. The acting is woeful but ultimately they are working with a plot and script that could have been written by a Year 9 drama class. Stephanie Leonidas's performance is the only one that resembles something similar to good acting but her efforts are in vain as the script she's working with is cringey, cheesy, predictable and infantile.
One to avoid. I can't believe Scorsese ever had anything to do with this mess and if I were him I would be distancing myself from it ASAP.