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The ambitious Ill Manors lacks a bit in the charisma and entertainment departments, but makes up for it with a grimy intensity.
This is an impressively mature and technically assured work.
There are plenty of flaws here, but instinctively 'Ill Manors' feels important - like some British films of the 1980s ('Meantime', 'Scum') that spoke of a generation out of work and out of hope.
Drew has certainly proven himself a talented director with bags of potential, who - with his debut film - has managed to paint a gripping, vivid and starkly realistic portrait of inner-city London life.
Ill Manors flip-flops between its various threads so swiftly that no in-depth characterizations emerge; rather, the film offers only the same old indistinguishable hoods and hookers.
It's about as flattering to London as 'City of God' was to Brazil.
On this form, 28-year-old Ben Drew has the world at his rapper's feet.
Low budget director Drew has an eye for cityscapes and a finely-tuned feel for the mostly untrained cast.
ll Manors, largely cast with non-professionals, is, for the most part, an astonishingly impressive exercise in hip neo-realism.
Its artistic and social ambitions are never fully achieved.
Ben Drew has made a startling debut as a filmmaker, an ambitious, flawed, furiously impassioned state-of-inner-city-Britain drama that will have half its viewers gawping in shock and the rest nodding in recognition.
If Ill Manors is heightened real life, it is not full of the usual clichés and has a visual and aural flair you have to admire. Clearly there's much promise here; better may follow.
A dark, gritty English drama following the not so pleasant lives of a range of people living close to the Olympic stadium in London. Ranging from gangs, bullying, drug addicts, gun crime, murder, prostitution and sex trafficking! It reminded a bit of Kidulthood/Adulthood but is harder hitting. Also similar in parts to a recent TV drama Top boy. Still the mainly rather young and unknown cast give good performances about the sorry state of some lives in the capital. Occasionally broken up by brief light hearted moments and music/lyrics from the director Plan B.
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