(March 10, 2019) Original
March 15, 2019
From IMDb: “Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).”
Poster Rating: C / C+ (4) / B- (4)
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Review: (#1) The sunset color doesn’t seem to have a purpose and the otherwise black-and-white image doesn’t enhance it or get enhanced by it. (#2-#5) These character posters feel unique and distinct even with as minimal visual flare as they have. (#6-#9) This series of posters have the same core image, but each employs different backgrounds. They would each work better if the central image dominated the posters more.
Trailer Rating: C+
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Review: The premise is interesting even if the trailer tries to get in its own way at regular intervals. It presents the film as a sometimes confusing look at the drug-running business between Jamaica and the United Kingdom, but seems lost in its attempt to make the central character worth rooting for.