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My Brother The Devil Reviews

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Super Reviewer
September 15, 2013
An excellent film exploring issues of family, religion, culture, sexuality, poverty and what it means to be a man in challenging circumstances. Great direction and an excellent performance by James Floyd. Highly recommended.
Super Reviewer
December 31, 2013
An at times riveting look at a life of crime concerning how an older brother (James Floyd) starts to see his younger brother (Fady Elsayed) drift into the same life of crime he is desperately trying to get out of. A promising initial setup is sadly hampered by average acting and a plot that does not know where it wants to go, before finally settling on trying to be a hard-hitting melodrama. The result is an average, disappointing movie that could have been so much better had it picked a lane and decided to stick with it, with a sexual identity storyline feeling forced and not entirely genuine. It is far from a terrible movie, it does some things pretty well, especially at the beginning of the film, but as said, like its characters the direction feels insecure and amateur when it should be confident and assured.
Super Reviewer
March 15, 2014
There is so, so much going on beneath the surface of what at first appears to be a rather ordinary London based youth/gangster film. Wonderfully shot in Hackney and with at least three standout performances, Sally El Hosaini's debut feature has at it's foundation a strong, well written script layered with explorations of grief, religion/faith, sexuality and morality, and the many contradictions, hypocrisies and realisations therein.
½ March 22, 2013
It's an impressive debut by a director blessed with a strong voice and a knack for bringing a specific cultural milieu to vibrant life, defying convention even while working within its strict limits.
September 26, 2013
Ashid is a gang-banger whose little brother idolizes, but when he gets out and goes straight it may be too late to keep his sibling from following the same dark path, well told story of redemption.
March 31, 2013
Interesting urban drama set within the gangs of a Hackney council estate.
It has many themes running through it, but they all mesh well and the cast gives it an honest edginess. The brother relationship is very well realised.
Bit of a weird vague ending. Neither happy nor sad. Kind of hopeful, but compromised. It's nothing that effects a well acted and directed film though.
½ March 23, 2013
Terrific. A blend of crime, poverty, and drama supported by good acting and even better cinematography. I had chills several times during the movie - some really raw and powerful stuff.

The two brothers have great chemistry, and the older brother really impresses.

There were some cliche moments and directions, but they come and go so quickly that they don't have much of an affect on the overall.

Be forewarned, the hackney British accent is very thick at parts. Also, I learned so many new British slang words.
March 13, 2013
Great film, good performances & photography, a bit slow for my taste but very well done nonetheless.
February 1, 2016
Fantastic watch James floyd and the magical Fady ElSayed were captivating.The cinematography was just outstanding. Best film I have seen in the last few years.
½ March 20, 2013
This was a real Great movie, an incredible movie, has all the grittiness a street film should have, but with real heart. The story is familiar, but Sally El Hosaini's script keeps it fresh by introducing unexpected twists that keep you wanting to find out what's coming next. Without giving any of those twists away, this is basically a film about two brothers and how their relationship changes as the younger one who has always looked up to the elder grows disenchanted with him, while trying to define himself as a man (which he isn't quite yet). Setting that story in the midst of London gang life pushes the poignancy of the story with great effect. Beautiful cinematography by David Raedeker and the outstanding acting of James Floyd and Fady Elsayed make this a real treat
February 26, 2015
A potent film with important insights about humanity. So, so much more than just a gangster film. Sally El Hosaini came to my college and had a Q & A in one of my classes. She was an inspiration, so down to earth and extremely passionate.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2013
An excellent film exploring issues of family, religion, culture, sexuality, poverty and what it means to be a man in challenging circumstances. Great direction and an excellent performance by James Floyd. Highly recommended.
January 24, 2015
British History X. Seriously, it has the exact same plot but with accents so strong that you need subtitles to understand what the characters say. It loses points for originality, but its a very well acted and directed film.
½ January 31, 2014
Poignant story about love, survival, acceptance, self-acceptance, and family. It was not what I expected, and the actors were really good.
½ July 13, 2014
Muy buena historia, intensa, familiar, emocional. Cambios inesperados y al final los lazos de hermandad son los que perduran.
½ April 6, 2014
A well made inner city tale of urban London teens taking the troubled path, deals with some interesting issues as well (cultural identity, sexuality, crime) and in some ways is a coming of age drama. Worth a watch.

I also LOVE the links to La Haine.
April 25, 2014
Emotionally involving story plus great photography.
April 20, 2014
Incredibly powerful and emotionally resonant debut from Sally El Hosaini. It tells the story of two brothers going down very different paths, Rash leaving his gang to get a better life for himself after seeing his friend murdered over a silly thing, and Mo joining the gang his brother just left after Rash, unknowingly, ignores his brother, who looks up to him tremendously, in favor of the new life and world he has found for himself. In many ways, indirectly, Rash's actions pushed Mo into the very life he wanted Mo to avoid. The film handles all of these subjects, on top of themes such as sexual identity in a very conservatively religious household, finding acceptance in all the wrong places, angst, brotherhood, etc. with intelligence and maturity. The film doesn't seek to manipulate your emotions in any way, so everything in the film does feel very genuine, organic, and authentic. The connection between the brothers in the film feels real, this is thanks to the writing and the chemistry between the leads. It certainly needed to be strong because parts of the film are certainly familiar and not wholly unique to this film. But, really, that's hardly a problem when the film is as strongly written and acted as it is. James Floyd is definitely an actor to look out for after this performance. He's got strength and incredible presence. Fady Elsayed, who plays Mo, is also pretty damn strong. There's this certain look in his eyes whenever he's around Rash and his gang, and it's obvious that Mo thinks the world of Rash and wants to be just like him. Of course, he's looking at Rash's world through rose-colored glasses without realizing the dangers that come along with being into that type of stuff. Of course once Mo finds out the truth about Rash, and why he's been the way he's been behaving since he left the gang, completely flips that on its head and he looks at Rash with completely and utter contempt and hatred. To the point where, instead of telling his friends that ****SPOILER**** Rash is gay, he chooses to tell them that Rash is a terrorist. That's how negatively Mo views homosexuality. And it also highlights a bigger problem in society about homosexuality, somehow, being looked at as worse, in some examples, than other, far more horrific things. I know of a local boxer that killed another one in the ring. This guy later came out as gay, and he said that people forgave him for accidentally killing a guy but not for being gay. Not that he needs forgiveness for being who he is and being with whom he loves regardless of gender. And that's not the only example of this, that college football player that came out as gay was predicted to be drafted in the third round, even though he was a great player, because of the fact he was gay. The NFL is a league that has/had murderers in its league, Ray Lewis comes to mind, and he was welcomed back to the league with open arms. This kid comes out as gay, and he's a problem. So I think the film, while showcasing something as negative as Mo thinking terrorism is preferable to homosexuality, before realizing his mistake of course, it highlights an issue that is very real and hopefully one that more people take notice of. Whether it be through this movie, hopefully as it is an incredible movie, or through some other way. I digress, this film is absolutely excellent and a fabulous debut for Sally El Hosaini, hopefully this is the beginning of a great career for her and for her lead actors in the film.
April 11, 2014
beautiful storytelling with its faults but a damn good film.
April 8, 2014
Interesting. Young director making a good start. Wonder what he would do with a decent budget?
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