Ill Manors 2012

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Ben Drew (aka musician Plan B) writes and directs this gritty, micro-budget crime thriller set in the East End of London. Following the lives of four main characters, Aaron (Riz Ahmed), Katya (Natalie Press), Vladimir (Mem Ferda) and Jo (Dannielle Brent), the film tells six intertwined short stories, involving drugs, prostitution and revenge, each set to the music of a different rap song, which reflect the harsh and often violent realities of life on the streets in the Forest Gate area of London.

Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 1 minute
Starring Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press, Mem Ferda, Jo Hartley, Ed Skrein
Director Ben Drew
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio REVOLVER ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 October 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 1 minute
Starring Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press, Mem Ferda, Jo Hartley, Ed Skrein
Director Ben Drew
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio REVOLVER ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 October 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of Plan B and his music then you'll adore this in-your-face, intense blast of aggressive urban realism. The big surprise for me - movie enthusiast - was that it's also a cinematic knockout. Stylish and compelling; great characterisation, vibrant but not overwhelming soundtrack, and some very deft plotting of multiple narratives involving the ensemble cast. If this had been produced in LA it would be a worldwide winner.

The themes, situation and even the overall style of Ill Manors aren't anything new, however. Imagine a mash-up between the first season of The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD] and Clockers [DVD] [1996], set in the skanky London backstreets of Misfits (Series 1), and you've nailed the mood. Spike Lee melded street music, brutal drug-culture street life and the corrosive effects of gang culture at least 15 years ago, and Ill Manors interprets those same themes on the streets of contemporary London.
But that doesn't diminish Ill Manors in any way - it tells a gripping storyline, packed with punchy 'didn't see that coming' moments of startling drama. It veers from blunt street violence to examining the nature of friendship and loyalty in a snapshot. If you ever wondered how 'nice kids' get dragged into gang, drugs and gun culture then this film sheds light on the power of peer pressure, on the need to conform, to gain respect... even at the expense of another human life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 1 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I wasn't looking forward to this at all. It looked like it was some pop star who had just fallen in the right place, and wanted to cash in on his fame.

But, I never really knew who 'Plan B' was really, apart from some dodgy pop songs.

How wrong I am though, and it takes a lot for me to admit i'm wrong. Ill Manors is easily one of the most disturbing 'urban' movies I have seen in a while. heavily influenced by the two Clarkes Noel and Alan, Drew has given us a film that oozes propaganda and pleas.

The film interlinks three stories, just Like Pulp Fiction, and the narrative is the fantastic haunting soundtrack.

Ahmed is as good as he always is, but is let down by some of the cast, who are just poor in their roles. These people stay in character all through the film, whereas in real life, is just a facade for the street.

The imagery is stark, especially in the baby rescue scene, and it really does deliver it's message, very bluntly.

On a 100k budget, Drew has made a very professional looking movie, and I look forward to seeing what he has to give us next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 31 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
This is truly a fantastic film by Ben Drew - AKA Plan B. It depicts several crime-based stories all set in Forest Gate, London. The stories connect like Pulp Fiction, only far more brutal and harrowing, giving the viewer an accurate image of just how hard times are in places. Watching this film also makes the soundtrack album much more enjoyable than it already is. Forget 'The Avengers' or any other 2012 film - Ill Manors is the one to watch.
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By Vital Stats on 20 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
An extremely insightful and moving film. I tend to find depictions of 'street life' for want of a better term, rather tedious and predictable. This was something else. The street food chain was displayed in an honest and creative way allowing the audience to see how and on occasion why some people are victims of their own circumstance. It's so easy to cast judgement on those who we deem to be less than ourselves but I feel that I could not survive such a lonely, soul destroying existence. Plan B and his team cleverly intertwined brutal honesty with harrowing storylines which left me with strong feelings towards all the central characters and the state of our youth.
The amazingly well written and performed soundtrack complimented the visually powerful scenes giving a multi sensory experience which left me gripped and often with a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.
I am so glad I watched this. Is it wrong to say I enjoyed it? I think not. Aside from the storyline, the soundtrack and the great MCing, the subtle yet intelligently placed camera angles and effects increased the level of interest and would give anyone interested in films something to talk about.
With all that said, I end feeling rather sad that this film reflects reality for far too many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana Steiger on 22 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Worthy of the hype, 'Ill Manors' is a gritty, powerful anti-LockStock, making Kidulthood look like an amateur production. The multi-talented Ben Drew is a genius, and if he branches out into other genres in future films, he could prove to be one of the greatest writer-directors this country has produced. Nice touches include raps that link and explain scenes (something I don't think has been done before in film), and the inclusion of punk poet John Cooper Clarke (btw, where's the punk album you promised us, Plan B?). Riz Ahmed's acting is as fantastic as always, and he's supported by a fantastic cast.

This film is, simply, a vital addition to your home movie collection.

Karl Steiger
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