Whatever you think of the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise – whether you think it’s boringly repetitive or that it’s overly reliant on macho, estuary-accented crime-flick stereotypes – at least it’s consistent. And devoted: since the first film, which depicted the events leading up to the real-life Essex Range Rover killings in 1995, the subsequent four films have utilised essentially the same cast members. However, because three of the principal characters were killed off in the first film, the filmmakers had no choice but to continue crafting prequel movies set before our drug-dealing Essex underworld anti-heroes discovered brown bread in Rettendon.
The issue is that the performers, who are either too macho to use Botox or fillers, or whose budgets aren’t large enough to afford Irishman-style CGI skin-smoothing effects, continue to age even when they are playing younger versions of their characters. This means that Terry Stone, a 50-year-old producer/co-star, will have to play Tony Tucker in his late twenties in a plot that follows his bouncer-turned-drug-vacuum Tony Tucker’s descent into oblivion. IMDB