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Alex Pillai (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Alex Pillai's disappointing crime drama follows Tyson (Ashley Chin), a young Londoner who funds the upbringing of his younger sister by means of clever robberies involving his friends and unfortunate wealthy men. However, he soon begins to question the morality of his actions after meeting Tia (Ashley Madekwe), a cousin of one of his crew. Despite strong supporting turns from Anna Nightingale and Jason Maza, the unconvincing central performances and a cliché-ridden script (that owes much to the likes of Kidulthood and American History X) fail to conjure enough grit and steel to elevate this urban drama above the ordinary. Pillai's feature debut is not without heart and good intentions, but there is a lack of substance and the story lacks momentum.


Student Tia goes to stay with her cousin Davina, whom she discovers is involved with a gang running a burglary racket. Tia learns that one of the men involved is only trying to provide for his sister, and attempts to persuade him to find another way - but Davina does not take kindly to her interfering. Crime drama, starring Ashley Chin and Ashley Madekwe.

Cast & Crew

Tyson Ashley Chin
Tia Ashley Madekwe
Mannie Jason Maza
Davina Anna Nightingale
Jason Michael Maris
Nyla Letitia Wright
Mr Ansah David Harewood
Colin Frank Harper
Zhartash Adam Deacon
Charmaine Shanika Warren-Markland
Director Alex Pillai
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: KaleidoscopeGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jun 2012