2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Adulthood [DVD]  (DVD)
6 years after the incidents of Kidulthood, Sam (Noel Clark) is released from prison a new man. He regrets what he does and wants to move on with his life, the only problem being is that some of the friends and family of Trife haven't forgotten. Since that dreadful night, everyone involved has been forced to do some growing up but some of those have grown up with the bitterness and anger boiling up inside them.
Jay (Adam Deacon), one of the closest friends of Trife is truly after revenge so he pays someone to kill Sam. Along the way, knowing that people are after him Sam seeks to not only find out who's trying to kill him but make amends for the lives he's destroyed.
This is a truly immensely real film, it doesn't hold back in showing you the violent lives of London's inner city youth. I never thought I'd root for the bad guy but seeing the power in Noels performance, playing a man who truly wants to end the violence it truly came through. Although the actors are playing kids in late teens to early twenties, I was surprised by the age of some of the actors especially Noel. Maybe it's just his acting power but with him being 33 I was genuinely surprised that I couldn't actually question the age of the character he was playing.
Anyway, enough of that. I'll just wrap it up with this. People will say that this is a negative view of inner city childhood and doesn't accurately portray the lives of such kids. Others will say it's possibly the most accurate depiction you're going to get in a nation wide movie. I would go with the latter, it's frighteningly realistic and somewhat unfortunate. Noel Clark is a truly talented man, not just as an actor but as a writer/director.
I would strongly recommend this to any film fan, fans of the original Kidulthood or just kids looking to learn a thing or two. In regards to tackling this type of culture, why not show this film in schools? It may not have the biggest impact but it would certainly show the repercussions of such behaviour.