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Mark Adams at the Movies: QUICK SHOT OF REALITY; BULLET BOY (15).

Byline: Mark Adams

THE STARS: Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Leon Black, Claire Perkins.

THE STORY: Fresh out of jail, Ricky (Walters) heads home to Hackney, determined to go straight, revive his relationship with girlfriend Shea (Sharea-mounira Samuels) and help keep his 12-year-old brother Curtis (Fraser) out of trouble. But his best friend Wisdom (Black) is deeply entrenched in the violent gun culture of local gangs and draws Ricky back into their world of feuds and violence.

WHAT'S GOOD? Powerful and cautionary film from documentary-maker Saul Dibbs featuring an impressive lead performance from So Solid Crew rapper Asher D (acting as Ashley Walters) - who first read the script while in prison on a gun charge.

Though it's a tough and dramatic story, there's also a lot of humour, and the realistic performances work well against the Hackney backdrop (which actually looks quite cool at times, especially the Hackney marshes). The street life is impressively presented, the performances spot on and the anti-gun message is an vital one.

WHAT'S BAD? Director Dibbs sometimes lets his documentary background show through and allows the scenes to lose focus. And he sadly makes the mistake of letting the whole thing get way too preachy in the final scenes.

HOW LONG IS IT? A cautionary 89 mins.

FINAL VERDICT: Atmospheric slice of tough inner city life and an important new British film.


Gun buddies... Walters and Black
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2005
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