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Published November 11th 2013
Jump, a crime thriller set in Derry, Northern Ireland, begins with the stark images of young Greta (Nichola Burley), who stands on the edge of Derry Peace Bridge contemplating suicide. It is New Year's Eve.

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A bruised and bloodied Pearse (Martin McCann) happens upon Greta; he desperately pleads for her to come down. Pearse reveals that he is looking for his missing younger brother, Eddie; he believes local gangster, Frank Feeney (Lalor Roddy), is involved in his disappearance. Feeney is the much derided father of Greta.

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Pearse and Greta almost instantly form an unbreakable bond, namely due to their shared hatred of Feeney and caught in between this tale of revenge is Greta's friend Marie (Charlene McKenna), who is just trying to avoid trouble as the night descends into more and more chaos.

Hotshot Films / Blinder Films

Directed by Kieron J. Walsh and based on the stage play of the same name by Lisa McGee, Jump is an engaging multi-strand narrative that is peppered with dark humour. It is somewhat in the vein of the cult crime-thriller Go and to an extent, the crime-comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but Walsh has obviously tried to make Jump a beast of its own - in particular, the setting of Derry and the many twists and turns make Jump an enjoyable and unpredictable experience for modern audiences.

If you are after a unique take on the crime genre - check out Jump - it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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