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VS. (2018)

VS. is an urban rites of passage drama set in the hostile and exciting UK rap battle scene.

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Daniel Hayes (screenplay), Ed Lilly (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Connor Swindells ... Adam
Emily Taaffe ... Lisa
Fola Evans-Akingbola ... Makayla
Joivan Wade ... Blaze
Nicholas Pinnock ... Terry
Ruth Sheen ... Fiona
Viktorija Faith ... Party Girl
Elliot Barnes-Worrell ... Odds
Kola Bokinni Kola Bokinni ... Rulez
Adam Lazarus ... Clubber
Kieron Bimpson ... Joe
Jackson Kai Jackson Kai ... Doorman
Paige Meade Paige Meade ... Miss Quotes
Ellie James ... Katie
Gerald Maliqi Gerald Maliqi ... Passerby
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VS. is an urban rites of passage drama set in the hostile and exciting UK rap battle scene.

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For all its impressive rap-battles, the film makes it clear that the real battle is inside; when it comes out, it's incredibly compelling.
20 October 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'VS. (2018)' is a compelling and, at times, emotionally resonant film that focuses on a troubled teenager (played by a guy who doesn't even come close to passing for seventeen) who, after being bounced around from foster home to foster home, finally finds an outlet for his inner anger when he stumbles upon the Southend rap-battle scene. It's an engaging and enjoyable time throughout, one that's brought to life with confident - if ever-so-slightly unremarkable - filmmaking and is based on an assured, effective screenplay. The acting is surprisingly good across the board, especially from the lead (who makes his feature debut), as it feels totally naturalistic and adds to the piece's realist aesthetic. It also bolsters the subtle and generally excellent character-work - which is what really drives the feature. The focus on character even runs through the flick's lyrically-accomplished and occasionally challenging battle sequences, which ultimately show an excellent understanding of the culture and even aim to dismantle some of its most toxic of tropes. While these sequences are the loudest and most energetic, they're rarely matched by the sheer power of the picture's quieter moments - a fine feat, indeed. When the two worlds collide in the impressive - if slightly convenient - finale, you'd be hard-pressed not to get a smile on your face. 7/10


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