Review: This is a decent films, about 3 different situations, which spiral out of control, on the streets of London. Idris Elba plays a successful ex-England captain, who is forced to leave the family home after his wife, Emily (Gemma Arterton), finds out about his various affairs and wild party life. Without his wife by his side, he soon becomes lonely, and he misses his 2 young kids, so he tries his utmost to rekindle his damaged relationship with his wife, who is in two minds. The second story is about a young teenager, Kingsley (Franz Drameh), who sells drugs whilst living on a council estate with his mother and sister but he craves a new life on stage, with his poetry. When he bumps into Terence (Ken Scott), whilst doing community service, they soon becomes friends, even though they come from 2 completely different worlds. Terence points Kingsley in the right direction for a better life but he is dragged down by his criminal surroundings. The final story is about a taxi driver, George (Charlie Creed-Miles), who is trying to adopt a child with his girlfriend Kathy (Kierston Wareing). After George runs over a cyclist, he becomes a recluse, which puts a strain on his relationship and there abilities to become parents. I did find the movie quite entertaining and the performances were believable but it's not the type of film that you would watch twice. I didn't really see the point of the taxi driver story, and I thought the director would have joined the various stories together but with that aside, it's a watchable movie which covers many different elements. Idris Elba did stand out from the rest, especially when he suffered his breakdown but I found it quite predictable and the storyline wasn't that original. Average!
Round-Up: This movie was directed by Jim O'Hanlon, 46, who has directed mostly for TV. Some of the programs include Coronation Street, Bad Girls, The Bill, Casualty, Walking The Dead and Shameless but this is his first movie that was made for the big screen. Now that Idris Elba has become a worldwide star, I'm sure that the director felt lucky to get him on board for this project, which was why he gave him the most emotional role. It still felt like it was made for TV but with such a low budget, the director done a decent job.
Budget: £3million Worldwide Gross: N/A
I recommend this movie to people who are into their dramas, starring Gemma Arterton, Idris Elba, Tom Cullen, Kierston Wareing, Ken Scott, Charlie Creed-Miles and Ryan Gage. 4/10