DVD review | Twenty8K – On the mean streets of East London, Parminder Nagra’s fashionista turns detective

Parminder Nagra, of Bend It Like Beckham and ER fame, plays a fashion executive trying to clear her teenage brother’s name in Twenty8K, a conspiracy thriller set in gang-ridden East London on the eve of the Olympics. Nagra’s Deeva returns home from Paris after her brother is arrested for a fatal gang shooting, but the truth about the crime is far murkier than it initially appears and involves not only the usual line-up of drug-dealing hoodies but also corrupt cops, crooked local councillors and call girls. The film’s ensemble cast, which includes Stephen Dillane, Kaya Scodelario and Nichola Burley, is an impressive mix of old hands and fresh faces, but their efforts are let down by some very contrived plotting, which is something of a surprise given that the usually reliable Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless) co-wrote the script.

Released on Blu-ray, DVD & video on demand by Cine-Britannia on Monday 1st October.

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