His long-suffering mum despairs for his future, and is determined that her impressionable 12-year-old son Curtis non-professional actor Luke Fraser follow a different path to Ricky. The locations may change, critics will argue, but the story remains the same. As the film begins, Ricky is released from prison after serving time for stabbing a boy. Yet, despite the stern warnings from his mother and support from her friends in the community, might Ricky's bad boy allure be too attractive for Curtis to resist? On the plus side, the film does well to create a world that appears authentic and avoids the diverse and equally inaccurate pictures of London we find in Eastenders and Guy Ritchie gangster flicks. As a young father who himself has spent time in jail, Walters brings both truth and confidence to the role.
As Ricky is waiting at the train station, mysterious hooded figures are appearing and closing in around Ricky. However, he fails and is seen by Godfrey. Documentary-maker Saul Dibb and his co-scriptwriter Catherine R. He cuts between shots of cash-rich Docklands and burnt-out cars on wastegrounds, while showing how the well-meaning influence of religion is powerless against the soul-destroying influence of imported drugs, guns and gang mentality. A decent film portraying the life of inner city youths and their bid to escape the never-ending cycle of violence and confrontation. Ashley Walters plays Ricky, son of a single mum and, in the absence of a constant father figure, object of admiration of his younger brother Curtis Luke Fraser.
Wisdom later returns a gun to Ricky, who stores it within his bedroom, which is shared with his younger brother Curtis who finds the weapon and hides it away for his brother himself. Bullet Boy could be accused of trying to punch above its weight. But Ricky is at least old enough to understand where his actions might lead: he's already found out the hard way. Ricky's 12-year-old brother Curtis, hero-worships Ricky, though he appears smart enough to know he doesn't want to follow his example. Greeted at the prison gates by best friend Wisdom Leon Black and Curtis, Ricky returns to the mean streets of Hackney determined to go straight. Ashley Walters puts in a decent performance here as well as Luke Fraser who plays his younger brother.
The threat of a perceived lack of respect from their peers prevents them from doing so — even though they might want to — as the subsequent reputation for being soft would make life that much more difficult for them on the street. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local rude boy. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and authentic drama that takes an unflinching look at two troubled, street-smart boys. Immediately after arriving back, Wisdom accidentally breaks a wing mirror off a car belonging to a local gang member. Comparisons are easily drawn, but such a lack of subtlety is a real drawback. It was only 89 minutes and it dragged.
Genre: Stars: , , , , , , , Director: Saul Dibb Country: Rating: 5. It just wasn't believable, and the acting was just average at best. Fresh out of jail, 18-year-old Ricky Ashley Walters, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and his 12-year-old brother, Curtis, struggle to walk the straight and narrow when a minor street clash escalates into an all-out neighborhood war. But when his best friend Wisdom hands him a gun and draws him into a conflict with some local youths, a break with the past looks an ever more dim prospect. Directed by the former documentarist Saul Dibb Tottenham Ayatollah , Bullet Boy is a sober, sombre, generally unsensationalised portrait of two black brothers from Hackney, north-east London, one only just out of his teens, the other having just entered them, and both caught up in events over which they ultimately have little control. Although he emerges from prison at the start of the film, and is still on probation, Ricky Ashley Walters is acutely conscious of the effect his lifestyle has had on his family in general and his brother in particular. A minor street clash escalates into a cycle of tit for tat violence with devastating consequences for both of them, their family and friends.
Young Luke Fraser also gives a remarkably subtle performance as Curtis who, given his final action in the film, is its only real hope for the future. But this is its own movie. At least Curtis' final gesture, though small in scale and unlikely to achieve much in itself, strikes a faint note of optimism. The following confrontation leads to Ricky pulling away Wisdom in an attempt to keep peace. Cast: Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Leon Black, Claire Perkins, Curtis Walker Contact: British Council, Portman Film and Television www:.
There is nothing about this film at all that puts it ahead of anything within its genre. As Ricky is about to run away, Godfrey comes out and shoots him six times in the chest. A generally well-structured screenplay which judges the issues it deals with well. Dibb, shooting in anamorphic widescreen an unusual choice for an essentially claustrophobic film makes particularly effective use of his Hackney locations, where run-down tower blocks overlook the marshes, and a freshly-killed dog a crude revenge gesture by Wisdom remains in the canal for days. The trouble escalates into a series of tit-for-tat incidents that threaten to spiral out of control. .
Director Saul Dibb emphasises the contrasts in British society that make these problems distinctively here and now. That's true up to a point. Wisdom hunts down the gang member, named Godfrey, for spreading word that he does not want to fight, and to get revenge shoots the which Godfrey used to threaten Wisdom during the earlier altercation. As he packs his bags, he asks Curtis to go to the takeaway and get a kebab, and when Curtis returns, his brother has already left. Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight.
When Curtis and his friend Rio discover the gun that Ricky has been hiding in order to keep it out of Wisdom's trigger-happy hands , they take it outdoors and essentially re-enact the shoot'em'up video games that they're addicted to, with inevitable but still horrifying results. When a minor traffic accident threatens to turn into full-blown confrontation, purely for the sake of macho bravado and saving face, Ricky is the one attempting to mediate, desperate not to get sucked back into a world he's trying to escape - but his instinctive loyalty to the ironically-named Wisdom Leon Black ends up having fatal consequences for both of them. Unfortunately, my excitement ended there. It just doesn't have what it takes. Their mother when she next sees Ricky, asks him to go home, pack his belongings and leave whilst they are at church to give Curtis a chance to avoid the gang lifestyle. This article does not any.