Sixteen

Sixteen

Rob Brown (2) (2013)

78min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There are echoes of Harry Brown in writer/director Rob Brown's promising debut feature. However, instead of an ageing ex-soldier battling the dodgy denizens of a London estate, here it's a schoolboy refugee (and former Congolese child soldier) who's torn between taking a stand or keeping quiet after he witnesses a vicious murder by a fellow pupil. Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (Africa United) gives an assured, mature performance as Jumah, who's scarred - literally and psychologically - from being born into an African war zone, but has a loving lifeline thanks to adoptive mother Laura (Rachael Stirling). Nevertheless, he's a walking powder keg of hurt, anger and confusion, and it's his journey to choosing between redemption or deadly retaliation that's at the heart of an absorbing if underdeveloped urban drama. Brown should be applauded for exploring the struggle that refugees have when they come to Britain from places where death and violence are everyday events, but this is more of an interesting sketch than a profound portrait. Still, it's an excellent showcase for bright, young talent like Nsengiyumva and Rosie Day, who plays the girlfriend painfully trying to understand what makes her brooding beau tick.

Summary

An African former child soldier now living in London tries to leave his violent past behind him as he approaches his 16th birthday, but when he witnesses a stabbing and the people involved want to make sure that he says nothing to the police, violence forces its way back into his life. Thriller, starring Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling and Rosie Day.

Cast & Crew

Jumah Roger Nsengiyumva
Laura Rachael Stirling
Chloe Rosie Day
Josh Fady Elsayed
Liam Sam Spruell
DI Iqbal Alexis Zegerman
The Headmaster Christopher Simpson
Director Rob Brown (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Seize Films LtdGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 27 Mar 2015
Drama