Bill Hayward (Creed-Miles), just out of prison, finds his young sons Dean (Poulter) and Jimmy (Williams) abandoned by their mother. To avoid being taken into care, Dean insists Bill stay in the family’s East London flat. He resists going back to crime, but Jimmy is mixed up with his old associates.
Yes, it’s another East End gangster movie/dysfunctional family saga, but it’s also a fresh, engaging debut feature, with an underlying suspense as we wait for the wild man to revert to pool-cue-wielding form and a streak of sweet, funny sentiment always in danger of being bottled by some nutcase.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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