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Chiko (2008)

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Throwing instead of pulling its punches, this is the story of Isa (as he's actually named, but who finds the nickname Chiko much cooler) who grows up in a Hamburg suburb. It might be one of the world's richest cities but every beast has its belly and here, in the very underbelly, Chiko lives in a world where violence, staking and keeping a claim, and drug taking are the norm. Where down is not an option, Chiko is determined to rise to the top, whatever and whomever it costs. Regardless of time

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Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is frankly pretty cliched stuff.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Never does the plot deviate from its almost pre-ordained course and as we witness the rise and fall of Chiko not once is there a surprise in store to ramp up the interest.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The film has little new to offer but Ozgür Yildirim directs with assurance.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The feature debut of writer/director Özgür Yildirim, Chiko may offer a familiar account of ambition, excess and revenge in the narcotics biz, but it's executed with assurance and acted with force.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The final scenes simply lack the necessary weight to turn Chiko into something profound, affecting, or entirely memorable.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

Starts in an impressive, genre-subverting manner but then reverts to type a little towards the end.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The handsomely grungy photography, the moments of grislier-than-usual violence and the producing participation of film-maker Fatih Akin fail to rescue this moody thug epic from being a cross-Channel cousin to the UK's mod gangster genre.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Too much of its urban grit seems in thrall to American precedents.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

In Özgür Yildirim's vibrant thriller, the exigencies of genre clash with the realities of Germany's urban multiculturalism - but a bland central performance, and a paucity of surprises, hinder its rise to the top of the drug-movie hierarchy.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A gentle character sketch gradually makes way for a high-energy tale of loyalty and betrayal that is perhaps rife with clichés but works because Yildirim has established his characters properly.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: european-films.net
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