Partner In Crime
Tense and unnerving throughout, Partner In Crime is a neatly made British thriller shot on a miniscule budget by director Dan Delglyn. The film centres on friends Georgie and Tom, lifelong pals who become intertwined even further when one of them commits an act that could have serious repercussions for his future. Georgie suffers under the weight of his guilt, while Tom remains alarmingly level-headed. After the unwelcome arrival of a social worker begins to tighten the net around them both, the friendship between the two is tested to the limits and Georgie struggles to find a way out of the mess he made.
What’s most striking about the film is how an underlying disquiet runs throughout. The main cause of which is Andrew Dowbiggin’s Tom, a calm yet threatening presence who seems willing to do whatever it takes to help his friend, no matter the cost. It’s his cold determination that makes the story so unsettling as we wait to see what he will do next.
Partner In Crime is rife with these conflicted characters whom it is difficult to know how to judge. Harland, the social worker, is seemingly only trying to help, yet we can’t shake the sense that he somehow presents a malevolent threat. Georgie, our de-facto central hero, is an especially troubling character and his questionable actions ultimately leave you unsure as to whether you want him to be presented with a second chance at all. The mysterious character of Tilly, Georgie’s ex-wife, also looms large over proceedings, an almost unseen presence whose character is a missing piece of the puzzle; a piece we may never get to see apart from through the skewed memories of others.
The low budget is put to great use and while it does perhaps unavoidably show at times, there are enough strong performances in there to paper over these minor cracks and really lure you in to this psychological web of deceit and mistrust.