iLL Manors

iLL Manors

iLL Manors

Tying in with his album of the same name, UK rapper Ben ‘Plan B’ Drew makes his writing and directing feature debut with this music-fuelled chronicle of London’s crime-centric culture, smashing together the lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes.

After 15 years in prison, ex-dealer Kirby (Keef Coggins) wants three simple things; to take back his turf, to get laid and to take revenge on the gangsters who have disrespected him. But a humiliating run-in with his former protégé sparks a chain of violence, vengeance and lethal reprisals that ripple through the community of drug dealers, pimps and innocents all swept up into the cycle of violence and deception. Then there is Aaron (Riz Ahmed), street-wise yet vulnerable, just trying to get by and do the right thing while his ruthless friend Ed (Ed Skrein) will stop at nothing to reclaim a mobile phone, leading to deadly consequences.

2012Rating: R18, violence, offensive language, drug use & sex scenes121 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

press

Platinum music artist Ben Drew makes an auspicious feature.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Wringing tortured turns from a cast of unknowns, Drew has things to say - and he mostly says them well.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

There are plenty of flaws here, but instinctively feels important - like some British films of the 1980s ('Meantime', 'Scum') that spoke of a generation out of work and out of hope.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It turns out to be disappointingly and determinedly apolitical, while the lairy characters and situations look increasingly forced, derivative and unconvincing, with a touch of Guy Ritchie.

2.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A guttural call from a place that, for most of us, remains as remote as a jungle.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An impressively mature and technically assured work.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may be slow in parts and its heart-sinking scenarios won't fill you with cheer, but it has bags of style and a terrific soundtrack from promising debut director Drew.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Platinum music artist Ben Drew makes an auspicious feature.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Wringing tortured turns from a cast of unknowns, Drew has things to say - and he mostly says them well.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There are plenty of flaws here, but instinctively feels important - like some British films of the 1980s ('Meantime', 'Scum') that spoke of a generation out of work and out of hope.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It turns out to be disappointingly and determinedly apolitical, while the lairy characters and situations look increasingly forced, derivative and unconvincing, with a touch of Guy Ritchie.

2.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A guttural call from a place that, for most of us, remains as remote as a jungle.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An impressively mature and technically assured work.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It may be slow in parts and its heart-sinking scenarios won't fill you with cheer, but it has bags of style and a terrific soundtrack from promising debut director Drew.

3.0
0

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