Brotherhood

Brotherhood

Noel Clarke (2016)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

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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.

Summary

Sam Peel is now married to lawyer Kayla, with whom he's raising two children, and is determined to stay out of trouble, but he is blackmailed into returning to the criminal underworld. Drama sequel concluding the Hood trilogy, written, directed by and starring Noel Clarke.

Cast & Crew

Sam Peel Noel Clarke
Curtis Gayle Cornell John
Kayla Shanika Warren-Markland
Henry Arnold Oceng
Daley Jason Maza
Janette Tonia Sotiropoulou
Alisa Red Madrell
Yardz Michael "Stormzy" Omari
Agnes Peel Adjoa Andoh
Detective Desmond "BUDS" Lynch David Ajala
Ashanti Lashana Lynch
Director Noel Clarke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Sep 2016
Drama