Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ladj Ly’s French language crime film is a bit of an enigma. For the first two acts it delivered a competent if slightly underwhelming look into the relationship between police and mostly petty criminals in a crime ridden French district. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and whilst its well done you get the feeling you are treading water a bit. But then during act 2 something happens that spins the film off into a different, but I guess expected, direction and the film picks up quickly taking the narrative through to a simply stunning last act as consequences quickly arrive. And what a last act – tense, brutal and shocking it lifts the film to something worthwhile to invest in.
Best Bit: The last act.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: La Haine, Training Day, The Shield (TV)