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Brotherhood

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Noel Clarke
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

The final part of the "hood" trilogy directed by and starring Noel Clarke. Ex-con Sam Peel is now married and determined to put crime and his former life behind him. However, his past comes back to haunt him in no uncertain terms.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Noel Clarke writes, directs and stars in the conclusion to his "hood" trilogy which kicked off in 2005 with Kidulthood and continued in 2008 with Adulthood following the exploits of west Londoners Sam (Clarke) and Curtis (Cornell John). While the first film was attention-grabbing in its portrayal of gang life, Brotherhood is a more accomplished piece of true Brit film-making. It's less edgy, less "street" than its predecessors, but then, so is its principal character. Sam has put prison and being a bad boy behind him and now has kids of his own and a wife (Shanika Warren-Markland) to think about. But crucially, she's a lawyer who earns more money and respect than he does which makes it all the more difficult for Sam to stay settled and out of trouble. Inevitably and quite brutally, his past comes back to haunt him in the shape of Curtis who remains ruthless in his pursuit of revenge for the crime that put Sam in prison years before. The film could be seen as glamourising the violence that ensues, but the nightmarish spiral Sam falls into is just as vividly portrayed by Clarke whose energy and ingenuity as a film-maker should be commended.

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Credits

Cast

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Sam PeelNoel Clarke
Curtis GayleCornell John
KaylaShanika Warren-Markland
HenryArnold Oceng
DaleyJason Maza
JanetteTonia Sotiropoulou
AlisaRed Madrell
YardzMichael "Stormzy" Omari
Agnes PeelAdjoa Andoh
Detective Desmond "BUDS" LynchDavid Ajala
AshantiLashana Lynch

Crew

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DirectorNoel Clarke

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2016-09-02
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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