A Room for Romeo Brass
We’re used to bad action movies in which the plots make no sense. Lately, however, more and more independent filmmakers seem to be cobbling together characters and scenes that have surface hook and flash without organic emotional logic. Take A Room for Romeo Brass — please. The latest showy mess from British director Shane Meadows (TwentyFourSeven), the film presents us with the jostling camaraderie of two 12-year-old pals, sensitive Knocks (Ben Marshall) and tough Romeo (Andrew Shim).
It then proceeds to lurch, as if by happenstance, into another film entirely, as the focus shifts over to a local wack job, Morell (Paddy Considine), who begins to hang out with the two boys. As Morell becomes fixated on Romeo’s sexy sister, his insecurity converts into violence, but it’s the movie that seems to be unraveling. Paddy Considine, though, has a horse-faced charisma that makes you want to see more of him. C-