The Big Ugly

Anglo-American relations go bad when London mob bosses invest in a West Virginia oil deal in hopes of laundering dirty money.

Director Biography – Scott Wiper

Scott Wiper was born on July 22, 1970 in Granville, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Big Ugly (2020), The Condemned (2007) and A Better Way to Die (2000).



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The Big Ugly is the type of film that pulls you in right away. The relationships go bad when some British mafia types decide to invest in a West Virginia oil deal with the idea of laundering their money. The opening scene at a private airport immediately takes you for one hell of a ride with characters similar to those in a Quentin Tarantino film. Excellent acting, photography, and editing make for a memorable movie experience.

Donnie Hill

Directed and written by Scott Wiper, this crime feature tells the tale of an unholy union between UK mobsters and West Virginia oilmen. It features an all-star cast of old favorites and newcomers alike. Ronald Perlman takes an unexpected turn as a grizzled southern sheriff, Malcolm McDowell exudes cool as an English operator, and Nicholas Braun, of Succession, plays a good-hearted country lad.
The film opens with social commentary on the bloody “special relationship” between the US and the UK. The plot then tilts toward a situation in which two key players will have to die. You’re only rooting for one. The film careens toward a bloodbath between macho men on both sides of the pond. The heavy action veers into contemplation, but there’s not much downtime before more righteous gunplay. A few endings tie up the plot nicely. Fans of No Country For Old Men and Mystic River should enjoy this fast-paced film.

Nick Hennessey

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