'Adulthood' disappoints as a serious drama

The sequel to 'Kidulthood' opens six years after school bully Sam killed Trife.

The sequel to 'Kidulthood' opens six years after school bully Sam killed Trife.

Released from prison, Sam returns to west London, where a thug attacks him and says his days are numbered. The ex-con sets about tracking down the people he hurt, such as Trife’s girlfriend Alisa.

None of them are in a mood to absolve Sam of his sins, not least Jay, who, for a few thousand pounds, hires yobs to teach Sam a brutal lesson in forgiveness. Noel Clarke’s hard-hitting snapshot of 21st century life on the streets depicts a world dominated by sex, drugs and intimidation, where respect is earned by pummelling a rival into submission.

Unfortunately, Clarke’s ear for dialogue hasn’t improved and the performances of his co-stars feel as fake and contrived as some of the conversations.

Drama

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