‘Civilisation is a friggin' highway of bones.’
Who knew tow-truck driving was such a cutthroat business? The well-meaning blue-collar protagonist (Brian J Smith) of bleak Canadian drama 22 Chaser finds out the hard way.
Striving to provide for his cash-strapped family, his efforts to make money draw him into the world of Toronto’s ruthlessly competitive traffic accident chasers, who race each other to the site of the latest crash, keen to exploit any opportunity for kickbacks from dodgy garages and bent cops.
The film’s cynicism will be a little too on the nose for some, yet even if we could probably do with a few more shades of grey, the hero’s plight exerts a grim fascination.
Runtime 90 mins. Director Rafal Sokolowski
22 Chaser plays on Sky Cinema Premiere from 17 July.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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