Some quite powerful moments and good acting from the two leads. A generally well-structured screenplay which judges the issues it deals with well. It rejects stereotypes, particularly in its good portrayal of the strong but not controlling mother. But the plot is a little predictable... And while dialogue at times feels intentionally simple, it's often just banal and repetitious, particularly in the use of slang.
Solid debut from Saul Dibb. I would like to see him return to this kind of roots filmmaking in the near future. It's a tragic yet ultimately preventable story that highlights the saddening cycle of violence in East London. Luke Fraser (Curtis) gives an impressive performance.
A decent film portraying the life of inner city youths and their bid to escape the never-ending cycle of violence and confrontation. Ashley Walters puts in a decent performance here as well as Luke Fraser who plays his younger brother. All in all a good effort and worth the watch if you are into these kind of films.