NARCOPOLIS High drama
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | DVD
Director Justin Trefgarne
Cast Elliot Cowan, Jonathan Pryce,
Molly Gaisford, Elodie Yung
In a future where recreational drugs are legal and the Ambro Corporation has a near- monopoly on getting high, Frank Grieves ( Elliot Cowan) is a cop assigned to bust unlicensed street dealers. When he discovers an unidentifiable corpse apparently loaded with a mysterious new drug, Grieves learns that Ambro will do anything to stop him poking his nose into its secrets.
Narcopolis has an abundance of ideas but suffers from a lack of focus and cohesion. All the talk about Ambro’s narcotics sounds like an after- school special – drugs are bad, kids – while the science in the script is softer and fuzzier than a teddy bear from Hamley’s. Jonathan Pryce pops up as a scientist who makes importantsounding declarations like, “This changes everything”, while explaining nothing.
The biggest problem is that the denouement hinges on a relationship that neither the screenplay nor the cast have established with any credibility beforehand. The time travel plot never connects with the legalised drugs theme, leaving Narcopolis feeling half- baked – unlike Ambro’s customers. They’re totally baked, bro.
Extras Director’s commentary; deleted scenes; trailer. David West
As well as featuring Da Vinci’s Demons’ Elliot Cowan, Narcopolis was partly shot on the set of the series in Wales.
“Take that, you damned shirt- stealer!”