The rise of ruthless Essex gangster Pat Tate, who blazesa path from Marbella to the Medway in the late 80s, peddling pills and snorting coke and crushing anyone who gets in his way, in his quest for cash and power. Double- crossed by an ex-pat drug baron, Tate ends up in prison. Undeterred, he establishes himself as top dog inside, and gets himself in shape in preparation for his release - when he plans to reclaim his turf the only way he knows how - with violence, and no mercy.
It was at this point that Tate became one of the most feared and unrepentant figures of the Essex underworld as he and Tony and their accomplice Craig Rolfe continued to get out of control with the crimes they perpetuate. One said matter involves Tate confronting and assaulting the manager of a Pizza restaurant after an argument between them in a phone call over what Tate's prostitutes were ordering from the place. Tate later became acquainted with Tony's friend Carlton Leach and he and Tony offered Carlton a chance to join them in their criminal activities. But Carlton refused due to seeing how uncontrollable Tony and Tate were at their methods. Tate later joined Tony and Craig in encountering Mickey for a meeting over 30 kilos of illegal drugs. Tate was prepared to betray and kill Mickey should the deal go wrong due to him not trusting Mickey in the business. However, it would be Tate that ends up being betrayed when Mickey's gunman Jack Whomes surprises Tate by holding him at gunpoint after shooting both Tony and Craig dead in front of him. Tate begs for his life before Mickey emerges with a shotgun and shoots Tate, mortally wounding him. Mickey ignores Tate's pleas for mercy and insults him for his constant recklessness, even when Tate offers Mickey the whole 30 kilos just to save his own skin. Mickey again shoots Tate and then has Jack shoot him in the head, killing Tate and ending his rampage for good.
This notorious British gangster tale may have been milked more often than a herd of prize Guernseys, but the shooting to death of three top drug dealers down a remote country lane still attracts film-makers like a cowpat does flies. This umpteenth offshoot of the Essex Boys story is a prequel to the previous Footsoldier films, focusing on the rise of one of the dealer trio, Pat Tate, played here again by hardman-of-choice Craig Fairbrass. Luridly, laughably awful, it's a thick-ear punchfest that's heavy on the old "ag" (aggro), even heavier on the effing and blinding, and light on everything else. But it's slickly made, and watchable enough if you aren't effing sick of the only gangster way still being Essex.
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