During a foreign affairs mission, a specialist black ops team makes the wrong choice. Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is ordered to kill their target in the streets, leading to a massive media backlash and the disbanding of his team. Back on home soil, Blake is trying to adjust to normal life. But when a sinister and unknown figure kidnaps his daughter and five other people, Blake is forced into a dangerous game. He has six seemingly unrelated targets, and six hours to kill them all - if he fails, takes too long, or misses a shot, the hostages lives will be at risk.
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Based on a novel by Cally Taylor, this British romantic comedy is so simplistic that it offers very little to anyone who doesn't buy into the trite movie formula. With unlikeable characters and a stilted pace, the film will only appeal to audience members who have an unrealistic view of romance as something from a Hugh Grant movie. While it makes some telling observations along the way, it's simply too belaboured to properly spark any sympathy.
The story is set in Brighton, where Beth (Skins' April Pearson) works in a family-owned cinema that's about to be bought by a national chain and handed over to regional manager Matt (Game of Thrones' Karl Davies). While Beth waits around for her boyfriend Aiden (Matt Beveridge) to tell her he loves her, Matt has just split from his high-maintenance girlfriend (Lucy Griffiths). Shockingly, Aiden asks for some space, and Beth ends up having a drunken moment with Matt. After a dodgy start, they manage to have a few more moments before Matt cools things down, suspicious that Beth is chasing him in order to get a job. So Beth thinks that maybe she'll move to Australia on Christmas Eve with her mum (Pat Garrett) after all.
The plot takes a few unexpected twists while remaining resolutely within the rom-com formula, which makes everything thoroughly predictable from the start. And the title is misleading, as this isn't remotely a Christmas movie except for the date on the calendar. But the real problem is with writer-director Jamie Patterson's pacing: the story lurches through a series of awkwardly staged set-pieces that never add anything to the characters or narrative. With slack editing and hammy performances, it feels like an episode of a daily soap, abandoning the artistic animated flourishes of the opening sequence for dress-up montages and lots of drunken wallowing.
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April Pearson - Snaps of the stars as they took to the red carpet for the premier of British comedy movie 'What We Did on Our Holiday' at Odeon West End, London, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd September 2014
Date of birth
23rd January, 1989