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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
Feb 9, 2008 Wide
Fahri Ogün Yardim
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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.
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.
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.
Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors.
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.
The film has little new to offer but Ozgür Yildirim directs with assurance.
Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.
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.
The final scenes simply lack the necessary weight to turn Chiko into something profound, affecting, or entirely memorable.
Starts in an impressive, genre-subverting manner but then reverts to type a little towards the end.
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.
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.
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