Film Review – Twist (2021)

TWIST, a Sky original, is a Dickens classic brought thrillingly up to date in the teeming heartland of modern London, where a group of street-smart young hustlers plan the heist of the century for the  ultimate payday.

The film features an all-star British cast including two-time Academy Award winner Sir Michael Caine  (The Dark Knight) as Fagin, Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Sikes, Rita Ora (50 Shades of Grey  trilogy) plays Dodge, Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow) as Batesey, Sophie Simnett (Daybreak) as  Red and introducing Raff Law in the title role of Twist

Review of Twist

Twist is Sky’s adaption of Oliver Twist, and for me, it is how Oliver would be if he were a millennial. Therefore, do not expect this film to be too close to Dickens’ 1838 novel. It has the story baseline and the main characters with a few twists along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The film starts with a chase across London with newcomer Raff Law, the spit of his father Jude, racing through the streets Parkour style. It’s  enjoyable to watch and makes you want to watch too, not semi-watch and semi-scrolling on your phone.

Oliver, who is now known as Twist, has a sad tale to tell at the beginning of the film and an emotional one at the end, but in between there is a whole host of chasing, humour and romance whilst Fagin and his “children” organise a   heist.

The Parkour and foot chases were well choreographed  with the bonus of a soundtrack to accompany the chase of some classic 70s punk music. It just worked.

Fagin has a dark relationship with Sykes who is a very nasty character, as we know from the book, and Lena Headey does not disappoint. She takes no prisoners and kills off characters who wrong her, but what will happen to Nancy? Will it follow the book or have Sky adapted their own story for her? This is one thought that followed me throughout the film.

Like all good plans, as the heist is discussed around the table, the scene fast forwards to the steps need to complete the plan, which of course do not go as discussed and everyone has to improvise causing tension.

A brilliant original adaption of Oliver, where modern-day millennials plan a clever heist to trick the trickster. What’s not to love!


Drama, Crime | UK, 2021 |  Cert: 12 | Sky Cinema |  29 January 2021 | Dir. Martin Owen | Raff Law, Rita Ora, Lena Headey, Michael Caine, David Walliams