4.3.2.1

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Writer/director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood) returns to the helm for this frenetic urban thriller following four friends who went their separate ways, but find their fates colliding following a chance meeting with a group of ruthless diamond thieves. Jo (Emma Roberts, Cassandra (Tasmin Egerton), Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) and Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond) used to be inseparable, but lately they've begun to grow apart. As Jo struggles for a sense of direction while earning a meager income in a sterlile supermarket, Cassandra races off to New York for a fling with a guy she met online, militant feminist Kerrys wages an unrelenting war against a male dominated society, and Shannon falls into a treacherous, self-destructive tailspin. But just when it seemed as if these old friends were headed down different paths, a brazen crime thrusts them back together for an exhilarating adventure that will prove just how unpredictable life can really be. Sean Pertwee and Kevin Smith co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for 4.3.2.1

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  • I regret to say I enjoyed nearly every minute.

    Aug 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Like most of those movies that purport to tell it like it is for the fashionably chic young, the result is as cheesy and sentimental as it pretends to be streetwise.

    Jun 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • The multithreads, a la Pulp Fiction, weave and collide, but it's all too linear, too telegraphed, its influences too obvious, its edges sanded down by compromise.

    Jun 4, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • These girls are brilliantly un-victimy and always come out fighting. If only they weren't incessantly paraded about in their underwear for the viewing pleasure of men.

    Jun 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • This is energetic, pulpy exploitation from the UK that might just claim back a small corner of the multiplex audience from the relentless onslaught of cynical Hollywood garbage. And for that at least, 4.3.2.1 can't be dismissed as all bad. Just mostly.

    May 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This film whooshes wildly all over the place, and it's got plenty of energy, but nothing about it is convincing for a single moment, and the acting is on the torpid side.

    May 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 4.3.2.1

  • Nov 25, 2013
    Noel Clarke ("creative mind" behind Kidulthood, Adulthood, Storage 24 and The Knot, but probably best known to Tumblr as Mickey Smith from Doctor Who) brought out 4.3.2.1 in 2010. For the most part it revolves around four young women who are inexplicably swept up in a jewell-heist gone wrong. Critics for the most part panned 4.3.2.1, but I enjoyed it. Maybe it's just a weakness for British Gangster films, but I honestly thought it was quite good. It's hardly Guy Ritchie-esque in its complexity, but it does fit into the "worth watching" category. No one actor is really given a chance to stand out, although Noel Clarke did imposing very well (compared to Mickey SMith at least). There's a couple of slight challenges to some pretty standard sexist tropes, but it essentially slots into a rather stereotypical female-led action movie, with a lot of Skins thrown into the actual plot. The split story-lines may not be completely original, but at least it's not worn out, and they're done in a capable way. 68% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2013
    In "4.3.2.1," Shannon(Ophelia Lovibond) could very much use a friend to talk to but none of them are currently available. Cassandra(Tamsin Egerton) is in New York for an audition and to meet a cute guy she met online. Kerrys(Shanika Warren-Markland) is taking the opportunity to borrow Cassandra's apartment to spend some quality time with her girlfriend Jas(Susannah Fielding). And Joanne(Emma Roberts) has to cover shifts at a convenience store. All of which is a shame because Shannon's problems not only include her mother leaving, but diamonds. "4.3.2.1" is a flashy, superficial, contrived and convoluted movie that tries to stuff in too much story and cameos to the detriment of any kind of heart, making it with its interlocking stories nothing more substantial than a substandard series of "Skins" episodes, minus all the drugs.(I'm still not sure how the diamonds fit in, by the way.) Shannon's story is supposed to be touching but she just comes off as needy and pathetic. Cassandra's story is just sort of icky. Kerrys does little of interest. Well, at least the movie saves the best for last as Emma Roberts makes the best of a bad situation while delivering a key speech with gusto, just before the movie remembers that it was supposed to be about female friendship in the first place.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2012
    Ambitious, fitfully funny and engagingly directed thriller/comedy that sort of feels like a feature length episode of the UK series <i>Skins</i>. Ultimately some dodgy acting, fantastical elements and shamelessly exploitative parts don't stop this being a pretty entertaining flick from one-man movie mogul Noel Clarke.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    A couple great lines as well as moments, but the whole thing is pretty much A O Fucking K.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer

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