Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Idris Elba's powerful directorial debut centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen) who has never fully recovered from the murder of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary), committed during his childhood. 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. 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).
DIR Idris Elba; SCR Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman, from the novel by Victor Headley; PROD Gina Carter, Robin Gutch. UK, 2018, color, 101 min. NOT RATED
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