I was lucky enough to go to a preview screening and Q&A with Idris Elba where he said to give it glowing reviews if we loved it and just mention his mum's carpet (which makes an appearance in the film) if we didn't. Unfortunately this film did not live up to all I'd hoped. The story itself is sound and would make a decent action movie plot but Idris seems to have tried to make something more gritty which falls flat for me. The broad accents slip on occasions sometimes intentionally and there is some stereotyping too. It's a story of murder, revenge, drugs and Jamaican gang warfare with a reggae soundtrack which may sell better than the movie. I'm sure having Idris Elba's name attached will help opening weekend ticket sales but I wouldn't be surprised if this is on digital download on your TV screen in a month or two.
Yardie (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
Yardie (2018) 1080p
Yardie is a movie starring Antwayne Eccleston, Fraser James, and Aml Ameen. Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the...
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- Genre: Crime |
- Quality: 1080p
- Size: 1.64G
- Resolution: 1920*1080 / 23.976 fpsfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 101
- IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
- MPR: Normal
- Peers/Seeds: 19 / 126
The Synopsis for Yardie (2018) 1080p
Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). 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. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. 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).
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Idris' mother's carpetReviewed byjasonedge8Vote: 5/10
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
In Jamaica in the early 1970s, the older brother of Dennis (Aml Ameen) is murdered in a spate of gang warfare. He falls under the wing of King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd), a record producer who runs a side line in drugs. Eventually, he entrusts Dennis to courier a package of cocaine over to England, into the possession of drug kingpin Rico (Stephen Graham), which goes awry, sending him into a dangerous spiral of retribution that threatens to engulf Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), his reacquainted love and the mother of his child, before King Fox's arrival in England, and Dennis's own culminative revenge.
After becoming quite a prominent face on-screen, Idris Alba has decided to retreat behind the camera for a bit with this, his feature length debut after directing two minor TV credits. Adapted from a novel by Victor Headley, he appears to have given it a very personal touch, in what he seems to have taken as a very relatable tale. But the end product is nothing more than a passable, easily forgettable effort, not awful in any sense of the word, but one that fails to be the dynamite tale it possibly could have been.
While Alba has captured the Jamaican patois and street slang impressively accurately, he fails to really get under the skin of the brutal 'yardie' sub-culture, and really bring to life this most negative aspect of Caribbean immigration. Performances wise, Graham as the coke addled drug lord is probably the most high profile cast member, and he is definitely capable of great work, but this really isn't a great example of it, here a hammy villain who's always smoking and swaggering about in colourful shirts and overcoats, although Ameen does command presence in the lead role.
For those fond of underground reggae or even more mainstream stuff from the time the film is set in, it's definitely a bonus that some of the beats are bang tidy. Otherwise, you're left with a serviceable but disappointing tale, that is fused with subplots and sub-characters, but fails to make it all gel into a really satisfying whole. ***
Yardie: A powerful tale of life, love and gangsters in Jamaica, a story of vengeance and young lives tainted by violence at an early age. 1973, D's (Ami Amheen) DJ brother is murdered when he tries to bring peace to warring gangs. D is adopted by one of the gang chiefs, King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd) who is also a Reggae producer. Eventually D is sent to London in 1983 as his thirst for revenge is causing problems with another gang. D is also tasked with bringing cocaine to Rico (Stephen Graham), a Jamaican gang boss in Hackney. Seeing that Rico is psychotic, D decides to go independent but remains loyal to King Fox.
The unfolding of this drama, especially in the London scenes, is hampered by very strong Jamaican accents and a form of the Jamaican patois which is difficult to understand. This limits the accessibility of the film and it's potential audience. This is unfortunate because in his debut as director manages some original twists on the gangster fil and the young man seeking vengeance motifs. Subtitles really would have helped here, just as they would in most of Ken Loach's Scottish films.
D meets up with his estranged partner Yvonne (Shantol Jackson) and their child, she becomes a pawn in the resulting war between gangs but D's relationship with them is crucial to himself and to the film's denouement. We see Hackney clubs where D becomes an MC, the shootouts, kidnappings, the music, love, but the past looms over all of it.
A potentially great film weakened by lack of subtitles. 8/10.