His football career over, Davie (Conor Berry) starts promoting gigs in Dundee with two friends, leading to a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden show. Out of his depth and in debt with gangster Fergie (Alastair Thomson Mills), Davie needs to pull off the biggest scheme of his life.

The backdrop of 1979 Dundee, both the setting and the vibes, sets a really energetic tone for Schemers right from the start. The easiest thing to compare it to with the style and narration would be Trainspotting but it isn't quite that lively if I'm being honest. Dave McLean's film is most definitely an assured attempt at a film we've seen plenty of times before but one that will leave you entertained no doubt.
Schemers misses the mark a little when it comes to the script, lacking in a bit of character development, instead opting for a bit more of fun and flimsy version of events that holds the film back from being reaching greater heights. It makes for an enjoyable film but if you're looking for something that hits a bit harder, this may not be the film you're looking for.

An area where I found the film to excel were in its performances, Conor Berry confidently leading the film with a cocky and charismatic turn as Davie. His confidence is matched by a supporting cast that play a major part in making this an incredibly watchable film, Tara Lee and Grant Robert Keelan being particular favourites of mine here. 

When it comes down to it, Schemers may be missing some spare parts to take it to next level but I'd be lying if I said it doesn't have the entertainment factor. Dave McLean has made the film he wanted to about his life and it's one of those films where the facts that appear on the screen at the end may genuinely surprise you if not aware of his full history.

Verdict: ★★★


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