True to life, and well acted,
This review is from: Bullet Boy  [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this film on seeing it starred Ashley Walters, who is proving himself a very credible actor following his departure from So Solid Crew. This gritty, urban drama is not a film I can readily connect to: as a guy living in a quiet suburb the world portrayed here is about as far removed from that which I inhabit as it gets, and for that I count my blessings. Afterall no one gets to choose their start in life, who you're born to and how you're raised is pot luck every time. Sadly for some of us, exposure to weapons, drugs, and extreme violence is just part and parcel of daily life, so much so that it is just accepted as normal. This is made abundantly clear in Bullet Boy, even though I believe the film is essentially a work of fiction.
As the film description states, Curtis is the younger of two brothers, still with potential and not yet corrupted by the environment in which he lives, whose mother is only to aware of the challenges she faces and desperately tries to keep him on the right path. Ricky (Ashley Walters) is the older sibling, fresh out of prison, coming back to the estate, wanting to go straight but is quickly thrust back in to old habits and bad influences, and a confrontation that threatens to spiral out of control. His mother wants him to turn his life around, but you get the sense she feels he's already lost to her, and while she doesn't want to turn her back on him, she will do whatever it takes to prevent her younger child walking in Ricky's shoes. The film reaches a depressing, if not unexpected conclusion, essentially reinforcing that life can be cheap, and that actions have consequences, no matter how small.
Powerful performances, especially from Walters, and the actress playing hs mother, Clare Perkins(?)