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I gave up on this 23 minutes before the end as it's just the same old tale told over and over. I guess we are supposed to sympathize with the character Dennis because his brother got murdered 10 years ago. Ho hum and boo hoo. In the end he is just another drug dealing, murdering thug and he gets no sympathy here. Yvonne told him he had to change or get out of her life, but she let him stay even though he refused to change. Has anyone seen this story line before? Oh yeah, about 7 billion of us have seen it. Do yourself a favor and skip this one and, for those of you who gave it 5 stars - really?
While watching this movie look beyond the typical drug narrative and see the true story of how one should traumatic incident in a young boy's life can have long-lasting implications. Every decision has lasting and deadly consequence. But in the end every man must choose his own path. This movie is not for everyone and that's okay.
In some ways a sad movie, in other ways a motivation how to survive in a rough world. Great production value, and music also. Great acting. Sad that so many urban and island youth get caught up in the drug game, attempting to generate fiat currency for power, home, family. Make more movies like his one. Jah, rastafari. One love. Respect. Seen. Big up the conscious massive. Hotep.
Yardie explores common themes in storytelling that date back to Shakespeare. However, it is a laid back lo-fi rendering of these familiar tropes, coupled with a soundtrack of music legends. For those not familiar, it is based on Victor Headley's 1992 novel of the same name - look it up on Amazon! Nice one Idris!
There are many aspects of the movie that surprised me especially that there are lots black and brown people who live in London. I had been bought up in America to believe that London was all white and neat, with a few black and brown people. But to see ghettos in London surprised me and change my perspective of London. I have even more respect for black and brown people; who suffer everywhere the same.
I’m far from what you might consider to be the target audience for this film, but as a working-class, white teenager in the early 1980’s, I got into the reggae scene. I frequented Don Christie Records in Birmingham on most Saturdays and loved the general vibe in there. So as you might imagine, I was very much looking forward to seeing and hearing this film as I could very much identify with the era from a musical perspective.
The film turned out to be pretty much what I expected, in some ways it reminded me of the 1980 film ‘Babylon’. Musically, it is very enjoyable and doesn’t disappoint on a 5.1 sound system. As was stated in an earlier review of this film, it’s a shame that the Mighty Vikings tune doesn’t appear on the soundtrack CD, however good use was made of it in the film - this was probably my favourite sequence.
I notice that some of the reviews are criticising the film for the fact that the dialogue was not easy to understand, well, I think that says more about you, the reviewer, rather than the film itself. This is a film about Jamaicans, so surely strong dialects and heavy use of patois is to be expected. Yes, if you’re not accustomed to some of the slang, it can be difficult to understand, but that does not make it a reason to criticise it I feel.
I gave it 4 stars because I enjoyed the sounds and general atmosphere of the film more than I did the storyline. The film succeeded in transporting me back to the musical sounds of my ‘yout’ for an hour and a half.
The film follows the fortunes of 'D' (played (young) Antwayne Eccleston (as a young man) Aml Ameen ) who as a youngster grows-up in Jamaica. His life is turned upside-down whilst still quite young when his beloved brother Jerry an advocate of love and peace is gunned-down in front of him whilst holding a rally headed by his music. D is taken under the wing of local Don King Fox who sends the now young man to Hackney, London carrying a package to deliver to a Drug-Lord/Gang Leader Rico. D soon realizes there is money to be made and goes his own way without the blessing of the local Gang-Leaders. He soon becomes a target and is forced to run, it is then to seek refuge he knocks on the door of former sweetheart Yvonne (Shantol Jackson) who now lives in London with her young daughter who D had not seen since a baby. While trying to sort things out he'll come across the now young-man who had killed his brother some 10 years earlier, who he'll want to exact-revenge upon. Will D as seems inevitable end up dead, or will the fact that he receives a wake-up call when Yvonne and Daughter become known to the drug-lord and themselves will be under threat...will he once again follow the righteous path his mother had asked of him ? Must admit, i myself struggled with this one, found it very slow and muddled in story-line............i'd say catch it on a movie-channel rather than buy. (Idris Elba will i'm sure direct better efforts in years to come)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2019
I began this film expecting a lot, but was hugely disappointed. A terribly slow story with characters I couldn’t warm to at all. Weak plot and dire dialogue. The only plus for me, other than some great tunes, was some of the acting on display, and I look forward to seeing them in better productions far more worthy of their talents.
5.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining, Authentic and Funny
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2020
I thought that this movie would contain a lot of violence. Yes, there was some violence but used in a way to give the viewer an insight and context into the life of the characters in the movie. The story line was authentic and entertaining. Overall, a Good movie.