[Film Review] Rapman’s Blue Story

Following the ground-breaking web series ‘Shiro’s story‘ which successfully reached over 10 million hits on YouTube, South London rapper, producer, writer and film director Andrew Onwubolu aka Rapman created another encapsulating UK action drama. Blue Story is a tale of two best friends caught up in an unfortunate post code war, something which isn’t new to Londoners unfortunately.

Timmy (Stephen Odubola) from Deptford and Marco (Michael Ward – also starred in Topboy) from Peckham inherit a long-term feud during secondary school after a trivial encounter occurs between Marco and Timmy’s primary school friend. Their friendship was later tested and left estranged, as Timmy decided to side with his girlfriend. It was at this point that a number of tragedies began to spiral, eventually the tragedies grew closer to home.

Those that aren’t familiar with news of gang violence can find some scenes quite chilling, especially when the film uses real-life clips of previous gang rivalry and real voice-recordings of tearful mothers clearly in agony from losses of loved ones. The film sheds light on the reality of gang violence in the capital.

It’s truly no surprise that Blue Story was able to rake almost £4 million since release making it the highest grossing film of its genre, according to Screen Daily. Onwubolu successfully highlights the lives youngsters today longing to have a sense of belonging in which they find in gangs. You’ll also find him appearing occasionally, in between scenes to narrate the story. Whether you’re able to resonate with the film or left feeling like you have to make a change, you are guaranteed to be moved.

Sophie, 35, a member of the audience said: “So sad that this happens in reality, this was truly a good movie.”

Though the outbreak of violence in Blue Story is tear-jerking and disheartening, the film has elements of entertainment, wit and authenticity making it a must see. Gang culture films tend to be predictable, this storyline however, is undoubtedly unique and is an exceptional film of its kind.

Words by Tolu Bakre

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