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The particular geography of west London, a mix of super-rich and rather more ordinary citizens in relatively close proximity, facilitates this home-grown drama evidently influenced by Paul Haggis's LA-set Oscar winner
. There's another dramatically convenient auto accident here, too, and the narrative spans the whole social spectrum from Franz Drameh as the council estate teenager mired in bad company, cabbie Charlie Creed-Miles struggling to adopt a child with spouse Kierston Wareing, and Idris Elba as a former England rugby star whose marriage to actress Gemma Arterton hits the skids after he retires from the game. The film makes an effort to put a positive spin on familiar urban problems, while the action and the generally adept performances are varied enough to maintain interest. Leon Butler's script veers awkwardly off-course in the last half-hour, however, with Elba in particular ill-served by a shouty role that rather illustrates the actor's limitations. Still, the prior good work isn't entirely undone, and young Drameh projects sensitivity and intelligence to suggest he's a talent to watch.
British drama following the tangled, interconnected lives of a group of Londoners, including a womanising former rugby star and his estranged wife. Starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.
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Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, sexual references.
11 Nov 2016
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