Narcopolis (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
96 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Narcopolis Review


In the near future, Frank Grieves is a new breed of police officer working in a city where all recreational drugs are legal. When he is taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse, he discovers that legalization has come at a price.

Narcopolis (2015) is a UK science fiction mystery thriller that was a cliche to Blade Runner (1982) and was filmed in Swansea, Wales, UK. Director and writer Justin Trefgarne (Peter Rabbit (2012), Unborn (2008), Life:XP (2007)) did a beautiful job executing the impressive visuals with futuristic-looking locations and a terrible job with the narrative and too many subplots. The concept of the movie was brilliant but need more careful planning and execution.

Narcopolis takes place in a world where all drugs are legal, and police officers have to hunt illegal drug users and manufacturers. Pharmaceutical corporations are the only ones that can sell the drugs. The cops search for drug dealers who sell/trade in the black market. The movie started with a prologue set in 2044 and then shifts backwards to 2024 in London, where we see detective Frank Grieves patrolling the streets for illegal drugs. The movie could not have been more confusing than it was as there was a dead drug addict/dealer with part of his brain missing, Eva Gray who seems to have something to do with the case and also a Russian scientist, who has a thing for technology.

Frank (Elliot Cowan - Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Alexander (2004), The Golden Compass (2007), Da Vinci’s Demons (2013)) does not have a substantial relationship with his estranged wife and 9-year-old son. I became a little interested when time travel was introduced with the help of drug use, but that was a blunder. I gave this movie a four because the film quality was good and the actors gave an average performance. Everything else about the movie was a fail, and I cannot stop thinking if it was because of the messed up storyline which was all over the place. There are many twists in the film that was not needed because it took you in directions that will stray away from the storyline. Sci-fi fans should stay clear of this movie.

About Narcopolis 2015

Title: Narcopolis
Year: 2015
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 21 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 21
Starring: Kerry Shale, David Kaye, Phelim Kelly, Jonathan Pryce, Elodie Yung, Elliot Cowan, Sonny Louis, Cosima Shaw, Annabel Norbury, Ross O'Hennessy, Lucy Pearman, Matthew Kitsell, Jill Stanford, Geoffrey Breton, James Payton, Leon Sua, Carl Sykes, Sonu Louis, James Callis, Fiona Ryan, Tim Barrow, Nana Amoo-Gottfried, Mark Ramsey, Kane Sharpe, Bryce Jackson, Molly Gaisford, Orion Lee, Geoff Breton, Louis Trefgarne, Michelle Forde
Writers: Justin Trefgarne
Director: Justin Trefgarne