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Sixteen (2013)

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An African former child soldier now living in London is forced to confront his violent past.

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Rob Brown

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Rob Brown
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva ... Jumah
Rachael Stirling ... Laura
Rosie Day ... Chloe
Fady Elsayed ... Josh
Sam Spruell ... Liam
Alexis Zegerman ... DI Iqbal
Christopher Simpson ... The Headmaster
Deon Lee-Williams Deon Lee-Williams ... Alex (as Deon Williams)
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Gerry
Mercedes Grower ... Chrissy
Christopher Hamilton Christopher Hamilton ... Bradley
Heidi Gowthorpe Heidi Gowthorpe ... Jo
Roger Harrison Roger Harrison ... Radio Broadcaster (voice)
David Warren David Warren ... Constable Warren
Jamie Fallows Jamie Fallows ... Security Guard (voice)
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SIXTEEN is an urban thriller about an African former child soldier called Jumah was brought to London by Laura, an aid worker who he now lives with. Jumah is about to turn 16 in two days and wants to leave his violent past behind him. Things seem to have taken a turn for the better with Jumah now; he has a sweet but tentative romance blossoming with a girl at school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing and the people involved want to make sure that he says nothing to the police about what he saw that night. Pressure mounts as violence forces it's way back into Jumah's life. Written by Anonymous

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26 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Rather optimistically, mid-2012 the general completion schedule was built around the film seeing it's World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2013. This was to give the team a logical schedule to work toward, keep momentum going but it was also the premiere venue of choice for the team's first feature. Sixteen was later accepted in-competition to the festival after submission of a rough (not final) screener in May 2013. See more »

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Well executed film that needed a little extra boost to give it a wow factor..
16 October 2013 | by DaledugaholeSee all my reviews

Rob Brown's feature film debut is an interesting character piece and is well worth viewing. Unfortunately it falls short in supplying a real slap in the face to viewers considering the main character's past and the central issue (a life after being a child soldier). This topic has so much meat its almost too huge a cinematic goldmine to thoroughly investigate in the 80 minutes supplied in this version of events.

It should be a breathtaking film in all aspects, however it occasionally lets itself down by falling into clichés and fails to surprise or shock, more often than one would like.

It has a nice central performance by Roger Nsengiyumva especially when paired with his female romantic lead (Rosie Day), their chemistry has a certain allure and is well filmed, the drama and comedy invoked in the scenes between these two characters create a likability in the film that is undeniable.

Some of the more violent and threatening sequences are also well handled and leave the viewer on edge, wanting more, which is sometimes where I was left disappointed as all the violence comes in bursts. An example of this is the tunnel sequence (Which supplies the central and most violent conflict) was sub-par and poorly directed for my tastes. I was impressed with the direction in large sections and upset with it in other portions, this unevenness is the only real giveaway that it is a first timer directing (maybe the budget constraints as well).

I feel that good things could await Rob Brown as a director (less as a writer) and also the young central actors (less so the supporting male youngsters, who i thought could have used more direction and coaching on the more drama heavy and dialog ridden sections)

Overall definitely worth a look 6/10


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