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Stars: Dylan Duffus, Tobias Duncan, Ohran Whyte, Yohance Watson

Director: Penny Woolcock

Here's one for the record: a hip-hop, all-rappin', hard-cussin' gangsta musical. And it's set in Birmingham's Jamaican community. Terence, alias Flash (Duffus) sells drugs and guns and has five children by three 'babymothers'. He's our hero.

Right now, he's in more trouble than usual. His ex-partner Angel (Watson) is due out of prison and wants the half-million that Flash had stashed away. Problem is that Flash has only 400K left, and is forced to phone his dodgy friend Evil (Duncan) in an attempt to exchange product for cash. 'He kept me out of jail,' Flash explains to his young cohort Pest (Whyte). 'I love him for that, blood.'

A gun-blasting ending implies that, with a new day, the cycle of drugs and guns begins all over again. Tough to watch and even tougher to listen to, the film has educational interest but little entertainment value unless you're a hip-hop fan. Performances burst with the appropriate amounts of aggression and attitude.

David Quinlan

UK 2009. UK Distributor: Vertigo. Colour.
94 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 3, Swearing 2.

Review date: 02 Nov 2009