• 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Idris Elba
  • Cast: Stephen Graham, Aml Ameen, Mark Rhino Smith
  • UK release: 31 August 2018

Dennis (Ameen) is a young man who vows vengeance for the death of his older brother. Elba directs with assurance, with gloomy 80s London coming across with tasty authority, but it never quite transcends its pulpy material. Still, Ameen is excellent, it’s got a thumping soundtrack and it rings with anger and energy.

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