The main theme is about the skinhead subculture at the 80's. The director portrays masterfully the transient period between the early stylistic movement of skinheads and the adaptation by white nationalist groups. The atmosphere in the film is incredibly intense, but basically it is magical, because everything have been arranged in perfect harmony in order to convince you that the movie has actually filmed at the 80's! You simply can't get away from the action, the characters grabs you and make you a part of their hard situations.
The plot focuses on a lonely young boy who meets a group of skinheads and has a great time hanging around with them and finally he's being part of it. All goes wonderfully well for him until a friend of gang's leader returns from jail full of ideas. Stephen Graham, as a passionate nationalist delivers that role outstandingly (man, he is one of the reasons I find academy awards a phoney business) and along with Thomas Turgoose, they make one of the most wonderful to watch duo in cinema history. You are a witness of his troubled past without even hear him talk about it. You just watch his facial expressions and desperate looks and you been drifted away to his childhood years. He truly delivers a mesmerising performance in this film, and he's one of the most interesting characters I've seen in English cinema. Thomas Turgoose does an equally impressive job and I guarantee you that he will left you speechless when you will see this little young actor (it's his first movie!!!) evokes such feelings on the screen that can make Hollywood idols look like amateurs. But generally, this film's grandiose potential depends hugely on its actors performances. And it's absolutely succeed beyond ANY expectations. Because you see, you can find incredible depth on these complex characters. You have to watch it few times to gasp what the director intended to convey. I really believe that this movie is one of the best, English cinema could ever have hoped to produce. It is exactly what good cinema is all about, it has it all.