Firstly I am going to analyse the narrative and acting in Narcopolis. Elliot Cowan plays the rogue cop pretty well but even more impressive was his portrayal of a loving dad. The interactions between Cowan's character Frank and his son feels genuine and so emotional, everything Frank does is for his family. The audience witnesses Frank's dark days involving drug abuse and sleeping around while married. These flashbacks were a nice addition to the story as we get a first hand experience why he is against drugs now which is a driving force of the film, his pure hatred of drugs and their dealers. The narrative does time hop a few times going from 2044 to 2024 and even flashbacks going further before that. The films does pull off the time switches but to me the final conclusion of the film is a bit confusing. There is a massive build up and things slowly get revealed, for instance a gunshot wound which is a bit of a red herring but helps reveal some of the enigmas. Despite the good flow of unravelling the ending was just a bit rubbish for me and left me still confused. The supporting cast pulled off their roles perfectly with the young boy playing Frank's son did an amazing job for such a young lad as his scenes with his dad were absorbing and really engaging. Some of the other supporting cast such as Jonathan Pryce and Adam Sims really brought their characters to life and I felt connected well with the audience. Other cast members were less convincing and sometimes distracted me from the film.
The production of the film was top for such a low budget film with each shot looking crisp and framed perfectly. There were some beautiful landscape shots of London which is always nice to see. The post-production crew should pat themselves on the back as the film looked great. The editing worked and created the tempo of the film, making it really tense in some scenes. The grade was nice although in my opinion was a bit extreme in some shots but nonetheless the colours did look really nice. Sound design for me stand out as it really created some of the scenes for me, but I am a sucker for a nice soundtrack. Unfortunately I could notice a few sound issues when the shot changes and I really noticed the difference in Frank's voice from being well recorded to having a bit grainy. But each scene does look great because of the skilled crew from production to post.
All together this is a really nice British film with a modest budget. For me I think some audiences wouldn’t get the film but I'm sure would enjoy the look of it anyway. This film feels a bit like Limitless but with time travel and darker tone, which isn't a bad thing. It is hard to pin-point a genre for this but it is mainly an action film so any fan of that genre would probably enjoy this. I think if the story was worked on a bit more to get it making more sense then this would have been an epic film to watch, sadly though I think all the unanswered or un-finished answered questions ruins the film. I would watch the film again though and I would highly recommend people watch it once it is out in cinema's.