Directed by Idris Elba.
Starring Aml Ameen, Stephen Graham, Calvin Demba, Naomi Ackie, and Shantol Jackson.
Broken by the murder of his older brother, Dennis turns to a life of crime in the backstreets of Kingston, Jamaica circa 1973. A decade later, he’s sent overseas to London, where he reunites with lost family and sets off on a revenge mission after finding his brother’s killer.
Idris Elba makes his feature film debut with this fitfully entertaining yet unmistakably rough-hewn adaptation of Victor Headley’s 1992 novel. There’s certainly proof here that Elba could turn in strong work with a sufficiently finessed script in the future, but even with the promising combined efforts of Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia), Brock Norman Brock (Bronson) and Headley himself here, Yardie is at times tiresomely generic.
Set primarily in 1970s Kingston and then 1980s London, the movie begins with the murder of protagonist