HOLY ROLLERS (15, 88 mins) 6/10
BASED on the true story of Jewish drug mules who smuggled ecstasy into the United States from Europe, Kevin Asch’s drama headlines Jesse Eisenberg in a very different guise to his Oscar-nominated role in The Social Network.
Sam Gold (Eisenberg) is a Hasid living in one of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish enclaves. He is determined to make his parents proud, agreeing to an arranged marriage and studying to become a Rabbi.
Yet Sam craves excitement in his life and he falls for the charm of neighbour Yosef Zimmerman (Justin Bartha), who suggests that Sam might want to act as a courier for some so-called medicine for Israeli dealer Jackie (Danny A Abeckaser).
As Sam is seduced by the bright lights and intoxication of the nightlife in Manhattan and Europe, he also begins to dabble with narcotics and falls under the spell of Jackie’s girlfriend Rachel (Ari Graynor).
However, Sam cannot hide his smuggling from his parents for long and when they become suspicious, he must choose between an easy life on the right side of the law or the thrill of breaking the law with Jackie and his business associates.