Freddy (James Rolleston) and his best mate Marvin (Samuel Austin) are about to embark into a world of crime, chaos, and trouble. It all starts when Freddy loses his job as a pizza delivery driver. A customer accuses Freddy of being late with the delivery and of staring at them with ‘undressing eyes’ when really, Freddy is simply standing his ground. Sadly, his day doesn’t end well. Freddy is sick of working hard for little pay and zero rewards. When he expresses his frustration to his best mate Marvin, Marvin decides it’s time to introduce him to the life of crime, claiming it will pay well and bring joy.
From here, Freddy gets an introduction to Spiggs (Scott Wills). Now Freddy and Marvin work together on simple tasks, but they can never seem to catch a break. When they fail to complete a job they owe a debt to Spiggs, and Freddy and Marvin have no choice but to complete a kill to make amends. But again, what starts as a quick and straightforward kill turns into something crazy and even more hectic.
Lowdown Dirty Criminals introduces various characters who are all involved in the world of crime. Naturally, Freddy and Marvin find themselves in one problem after another, never catching a break. In most cases, it’s a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, lack of smarts or the fact they have awful luck.
The film’s script is witty and most certainly filled with random attempts at humour. Filled with one-liners and sometimes what feel like childish jokes, the laughter will vary in the audience. There’s also an element of crudeness which attempts to gain laughs through shock factor. I found this film to be highly random, but it’s rather silly. No matter this, the film did manage to get me to chuckle at various moments.
The performances here can vary, but the major standout is actress Rebecca Gibney who plays the most dangerous person in the film, and is known as “The Upholsterer”. I found her presence fun, and she manages to deliver a few good memorable moments. The audio track was also a strength that was helpful in delivering comic gags and little moments of creativity, especially through sound effects.
Overall, opinions on a film like Lowdown Dirty Criminals will most certainly vary. It has moments that feel witty and violent, but it can also feel slightly childish at other times. There are also some moments that rely on crude gags for shock value. Performances are ok with actors Rebecca Gibney and Scott Wills being most memorable. The fun audio mix also helps with the film’s pace and creativity. For me, this is not a film that I’ll hold close to my heart or keep in my film collection; in fact, I fear it could all be forgotten about by tomorrow. Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020) is Now Available on DVD!