Reviewed byGuy JeffriesVote: 8/10/10
Noel Clarke brings us the third and final instalment of his selfwritten London street Drama spanning over ten years with KiDULTHOODreleased back in 2006, followed by AdULTHOOD in 2008. I have alwaysconsidered these films the British answer to Boyz N The Hood and MenaceII Society addressing the tragedies of London's youthful generation.
I'm a fan of these films by default, purely to having my own fair shareof drama with gang fights, drug raids and hospital visits, though don'tget me wrong, I'm a good boy I assure you, I was known as 'the sensibleone'; it's just my perfect circle of friends have allowed me to witnessa life that some people will only see in films like these; I'm morelike the Henry's and Ricky's of the street world.
During my troublesome teens back in the nineties, I wanted to makefilms myself and this was the subject matter of a lot of my storieswith friends still urging me to write a book, so naturally whenKiDULTHOOD was released I was both annoyed yet inspired by Clarkebeating me to it, it's a story I can certainly relate to.
If you haven't seen the previous films, it does help to fullyunderstand who's who though it's not essential. As a brief recap, Sam(Noel Clarke) murders a fellow street hood Trife, serves time and uponrelease is truly sorry for what has happened, though the past is rarelyforgivable and revenge is always lurking around the corner. No matterhow much Sam tries to turn his life around, there's always someonehaunting him.
The deceased Trife's Uncle Curtis, played by Cornell John (he's thesensei in the latest advert for McDonald's chicken sandwiches!) isreleased from prison and returns to conclude unfinished business withSam, enlisting the help of some new ruthless faces to make lifedifficult for Sam and taking things to the extreme.
There's some powerful portrayals in this movie, especially likingLeeshon Alexander's character HUGS who looks like the love child ofClive Owen and Tom Hardy; and Shanika Warren- Markland's Kayla who fromthe previous and Clarke's 220.127.116.11. However wasn't so keen on DavidAjala's Det. Des or Jason Maza's crime boss Daley.
It's hard-hitting and probably the most emotional of the trilogy whilststill having it's comical elements, mostly provided by a grown-upHenry. (Arnold Oceng) Obviously, revenge is the main topic but there'sa great sense of justice and loyalty portrayed here, especially thescene with Hassan (Chris Ryman) in the kebab shop.
Tom Linden does quite a haunting score, such a nice touch having theambient hum intensifying dramatic scenes, reminded me of Michael Mann'sHeat and of course, the soundtrack that accompanies the film is superbincorporating British rap, hip hop and grime from artists like Stormzy,Asher D, Chip and Lethal Bizzle. It's the perfect soundtrack torepresent street life of London and in combination with the locations,it's gives the city the dynamic look it deserves.
It's obvious Clarke isn't fan of Michael Bay however, he does somethingBay is notoriously disliked for, unnecessary nudity, like, lots of itand full frontals. Whilst pleasing to the eye it isn't essential to thefilm at all and feels like a push to give the film an 18/Rcertificate.
Regardless of It's low points it's a perfect conclusion to the trilogyso fans of the previous films should enjoy this as I did. Clarke is agreat testament for London film making. Maybe we could fast-forward afew years into PaRENTHOOD being about reputation and struggling to keepyour kids from the same fate.
"R U dizzy blud?"
Running Time: 7 The Cast: 7 Performance: 7 Direction: 9 Story: 7Script: 7 Creativity: 9 Soundtrack: 9 Job Description: 8 The ExtraBonus Point: 10 for being a blinding finish to the trilogy innit.Result.
Reviewed bydazzanormcVote: 8/10/10
There is no doubt that Noel Clarke is a talented filmmaker, he acts,writes and directs this finale to the Hood story. He also gives unknownacts who can't afford to go to drama school a chance and has uncoveredsome real talent, His main focus is on the inner city working classyouth culture where every day is a struggle to survive. Clarke does notsugar coat the grim life of many inner city issues and is not scared toaddress them in his movies. But it not totally gritty there is room forhope and redemption. Not the best of the three Hood movies, it is hardhitting, violent and engrossing but ultimately a rewarding watch. Fullmarks to Noel Clarke who is one of Britain's most talented filmmakersand his bravery in tackling tough social issues head on.
Reviewed bydavideo-2Vote: 7/10/10
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning** Sunday Night * Monday morning
Sam Peel (Noel Clarke) has settled down with girlfriend Kayla (ShanikaWarren-Markland) and two children, and has put his unsavoury pastbehind him. But he is thrust back into it when his younger brotherRoyston (Daniel Anthony) is gunned down while performing at a liveshow. Flash new crook Daley (Jason Maza) wants him to work for him, andhas joined forces with Sam's old enemy Uncle Curtis (Cornell John) whohas his own agenda. Sam tries to stay on the straight and narrow, untilan horrific act plunges him back into the underworld he'd tried so hardto escape.
Noel Clarke obviously felt, eight years after the last instalmentAdulthood, that the series needed to be rounded off a little more thanit already was, and so we have this, we are assured, the final part.Some backstage politics, shall we say, have clearly played their handshere, and so we see the Moony character missing altogether, and Sammysteriously settled down with his girlfriend from the last film?!?,and of course Adam Deacon's Jay completely absent following the welldocumented real life spat that spewed up between him and Clarke.Personally, I didn't miss his hyper street kid antics this time round.
While it still packs a powerful emotional punch or two, somehow theraw, gritty, uncompromising nature that characterised the first twofilms just isn't as evident here. Those films (the first oneespecially) were from the mind of a young man who had grown up in thisunfortunate world, and who gained acclaim by recklessly writing downand screening all the types of stuff he'd seen, and as a result made afilm that was 'as potent as a shot of vodka in the morning' as onetabloid review memorably put it. With such a large space of timebetween this and the last film, the cast (those still in it) and thematerial with them feel like they've grown up a bit, and this time itall seems to be played more for laughs, even during intense, dramaticscenes, especially from Arnold Oceang's Henry.
That aside, the story all feels cobbled together without the strongestnarrative flow and there's an air of predictability about a lot of itthat doesn't go unnoticed. It's still worth seeing, though, a grown up,more seasoned ending that those from this generation will feel they'veshared the journey with. ***
First, there was Kidulthood, then Adulthood, and now comes Noel Clarke's last instalment: Brotherhood. With Sam facing up to the new world, he realizes it also comes with new problems and new challenges that he must face that he knows, will require old friends to help him survive new dangers.