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is a welcome antidote to a long line of British urban dramas that veer dangerously close to celebrating the youth culture of drugs and violence they portray. In the title role, Riz Ahmed (
) isn't just a drug-dealing thug, but a bright, warm character who has strayed into a life of crime rather than choosing it. His sense of alienation relates to his friendship with Chris (Daniel Mays), a seemingly well-adjusted young man who returns to their suburban stomping ground after four years away. Initially, the reason for his absence creates a wedge between them, but what really makes the film work is the underlying strength of their bond and the renewal of that friendship. Debuting writer/director Eran Creevy resists the usual flashiness associated with the genre to keep the focus squarely on the actors, and it's that lightness of touch that makes the story so poignant.
London cocaine dealer Shifty finds his outlook transformed by the return of his best friend Chris after four years away. As the pair spend the day together, Shifty struggles to deal with a persistent addict and a rival with a score to settle, while at the same time confronting the bleak future he finds himself facing. Drama, starring Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays and Jason Flemyng.
Cast & Crew
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
24 Apr 2009
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