Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).Written by
I didn't like it at all - but I imagine a certain target audience would
I watched this on preview as a bunch of friends wanted to watch it. I didn't know anything about the film, and prefer to watch films without knowing where it's going or whats it about.
I gave it 45 minutes, and at no point did it really grip me or engage me in any way.
The production was decent, but in terms of being entertained, or even have a really strong storyline, I felt it was lacking big time.
Saying that, the friends I was with actually really enjoyed it.
It is possible suited to people of afro-carribean / or black background and they would probably connect and understand the subtle jokes etc and the whole vibe of the film better - being asian I assumed it'd be something in the same ilk as East is East but for people of african origin, and from what I remember - you didn't have to be asian to find East is East a really great film.
I might not be the right target market to be fair, but I've watched many films based on african / black culture, as well as variety of other films based on certain cultures, and generally the good ones can be riveting. This unfortunately wasn't and I couldn't wait for the film to end. Sorry Idris.
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