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Ill Manors *Film Only Review*
Ill Manors (DVD)
Author Name: daisylee3
Ill Manors (DVD)
Date: 11/11/12, updated on 11/11/12 (44 review reads)
Disadvantages: Unrealistic, OTT, bad acting.. I could go on forever
"I am the narrator. The voice that guides the blind, following not with your ears but your mind. Allow me to take you back and forth through time to explain the significance of things you may think are insignificant now but won't, further down the line."
- Ben Drew.
I am a huge fan of Plan B's music and I think the guy is amazing so when I found out that he was bringing a film out that he wrote and directed I was beyond excited! As the film is partly based on the things that he witnessed when he was younger while living on a resedential estate in London I was expecting a really gritty, realistic film but instead it is just a huge mess of over exaggeration and completely over the top, unbelievable scenarios.
I think that he has tried too hard to make it shocking - seeing as he is an unofficial spokesperson for children in gangs I feel that he has drastically overplayed things so that people think "oh my God, I never realised it was so bad, I need to start a petition/fundraising event to help all those poor little hoodrats!' Well, that's the impression I got anyway (minor spoiler alert) - a kid joining a gang and shooting people, a woman prostituting herself with a newborn baby in tow, drug dealers selling a baby for £8,000, a man being set on fire by mistake, buildings blowing up, car chases - get the picture?!
It's grim but so exagurrated that it is almost (and I mean almost) laughable. I'm not saying that things like this don't happen - I'm sure that to an extent they do and considering my background (I grew up on a bad estate until the age of ten) I have seen my fair share of undesirable people but this is just ridiculous. Ben narrates the film now and again with clever poetry and the film follows several characters who are seemingly unconnected but we see them cross paths over the course of the film which was predictable, but nevertheless it helped things make more sense and bought the film together. The first character is a drug dealer who has served time. He's a real creep with a 'thing' for teenage girls and he is just generally a nasty piece of work.
Another character is Ed, who is played by Ed Skrein - most well known for his rap music rather than his acting. The character is a violent and mentally disturbed drug dealer who is haunted by his childhood which was spent in a children's home. His best friend Aaron, also a main character is a drug dealer too and he was in the care home with Ed. The two have a bond but their relationship is quite messed up which was quite interesting to watch. The next character is a young boy who is around fifteen I'd guess if not younger. After trying to buy some drugs from a gang, they refuse to give them to him unless he beats his friend up, which he does and he is adopted by the gang to do their dirty work.
The gang isn't really a huge part in the film, they aren't consistent in it and we don't get to know the characters. The next character is a pregnant prostitute who works for a violent russian gang. She escapes and gives birth and the film follows her as she tries to get away as they follow her around London. There's also another character who is a drug addict and prostitute who turned to drugs after being abused as a child but this character doesn't have much dialouge, nor does the character have much depth. The next character is a teenage girl who has got a really sweet personality but she is getting sucked deeper and deeper into gang culture by the day. There are a few other characters including a depressed drug addict, a pub landlord and his wife and so on.
The acting isn't great and I found it cringey to watch at some points. The words came out but there was no depth or emotion behind them if that makes sense, it was just like listening to someone reading a script through most of the film. The fight and sex scenes weren't even particularly realistic and I found myself fast fowarding through the fight scene in the playground because I felt it was incredibly bad acting. The language used will be hard for some people to understand as it is the usual 'wagwarn, still, bruv' and so on. Special effects wise.. well there's only CGI used once or twice and it was reasonably realistic but not the best which for a low budget film is understandable..
If you are totally naive to the going ons in gangs and on rough estates then there is no doubt that this will keep you hooked to the screen in shock and curiosty but if you have already seen Kidulthood and Adulthood or Shifty and Harry Brown I'd give this a miss as it's not at all unique and it isn't a film that stands out. The soundtrack is pretty good which is a slight advantage but overall I didn't enjoy the film. I found myself feeling bored and wanting it to just finish and seeing as it is nearly two hours long it did drag!! I wouldn't recommend this film and it was a waste of the £3.99 we spent to rent it. My boyfriend didn't like it either and he normally loves films like Adulthood so that shows just how bad it is.
One out of five stars - stick to writing music, Ben!
Summary: Huge dissapoint, total waste of time