Writer, director and star, Noel Clarke gives new meaning to the phrase ‘triple threat’ as he brings his West London ’Hood trilogy to a belated close (following 2006’s Kidulthood and 2008’s Adulthood) with the morally muddled, cliché riddled, cack-handed urban crime melodrama Brotherhood (or BrOTHERHOOD, as the film’s publicity prefers).
Poorly written and acted, the movie finds Clarke’s ex-con anti-hero Sam Peel drawn back into the world of gang violence after an attack on his younger brother. As his characters struggle to break free of the cycle of stabbings and shootings, Clarke clearly intends us to count the costs of gang life, but his film’s slow-motion shots of swaggering thugs make it seem as though he quite likes glamourising it, too.
Certificate 15. Runtime 100 mins. Director Noel Clarke
Brotherhood is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from 26 December from Lionsgate UK.