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I, Daniel Blake



I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty (screenplay)
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Genre: Drama


"After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance."

Director Ken Loach serves up a simply little indie-British film with a big punch. That punch is about the everyday man being ground down by the wheels of bureaucracy and red tape. I, Daniel Blake is this generations Network (1976), only this time around it's not a TV network newsman who's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore! It's a quiet carpenter, Daniel Blake who's steaming mad and just want what he's worked for, and wants respect.




What pulls us into the story is a chance encounter between Daniel and Katie a mother of two children who's in desperate need of financial help but can't get any from her local allocation office. Luckily for her, Daniel befriends her and that starts their story.

There's one plot hole in their story, or maybe it's a missing scene and that kind of bugged me. But other than that, it's a nice smaller movie that was easy to watch and refreshing as it didn't go over the top in the story or in the film making. Very well balanced

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