Kickstarter-funded bike courier thriller.
Playing a spunky cycle courier trying to unravel a murder/blackmail conspiracy, Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson exchanges windswept cliff tops for urban grit with Alleycats, a Kickstarter-funded mystery thriller set amid East London’s alleycat bike racing scene.
First-time director Ian Bonhôte builds up a good head of speed in the action scenes, capturing the anarchic adrenalin rush of masked bike racers hurtling through the city’s streets. And he does a good job of conveying the outlaw spirit of the alleycat underground. But when Tomlinson’s heroine Danni and her courier brother Chris (played by Tomlinson’s Poldark co-star Josh Whitehouse) cross the paths of John Hannah’s sleazy MP and his ruthless fixer (Virgile Bramly), the plotting is too slack to keep the film’s wheels spinning.
Certificate 15. Runtime 97 mins. Director Ian Bonhôte
Alleycats debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Thursday 3 August. Available on Blu-ray & DVD from Universal.