Director: Idris Elba
Writer: Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman (Screenplay) Victor Headley (Novel)
Starring: Aml Ameen, Everaldo Creary, Stephen Graham, Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd
Plot: British crime drama film directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley.
Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Yardie starts when D growing up in Kingston Jamaica, who gets caught up in the middle of the drug war on the island, seeing his brother killed. D (Ameen) grows up working under King Fox (Shepherd) and marries the love of his life Yvonne (Jackson).
Yvonne does move to London to escape this life with the couple daughter, while D finds himself getting into trouble, forcing him to go on a trafficking job to London to deliver to Rico (Graham), which will see him get caught up in learning the truth of just how difficult the life in this world can be for the young men who are given no options.
Thoughts on Yardie
Thoughts – Yardie brings us a crime movie from a different background, seeing as the characters are from Jamaica, but only end up getting caught up in the middle of the same drugs battles in London, it shows us how the cultures might well be different, but the greed will still be the same between the people in this world. Showing us how trying to escape is just as difficult and holding onto a grudge will cause even more damage the ones you love. The performances in the film are strong throughout and play into everything we are seeing without being anything in the world that we haven’t seen before and by the end of the film, you will be left thinking we could have had a lot more from the film as for intensity levels.
Final Thoughts – Yardie is a great directional debut from Idris Elba, bringing us a crime film with plenty of punch and a different prospective.