Gang Violence between two rival London Boroughs is the focus of this British Film. With sections of the story told via rapping.

CERTIFICATE:  15

DIRECTOR:  Andrew Onwubolu

STARRING:  Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward, Khali Best

SCREENPLAY:  Andrew Onwubolu

GENRE:  Crime, Drama

RUNTIME:  91 Minutes

★★★ 3 Stars  

Reviewed by Chris Dray

Blue Story tells the story of Marco and Timmy, two teens who live in Peckham and Deptford respectively, who start out as best friends but get themselves involved on opposite sides of a gang war. 

Based off Rapman’s (who created Blue Story) YouTube series ‘Shiro’s Story’ which follows a similar plot, we see the violence become a more prominent theme as the film moves on. It does hit hard at several points, and is a depressing film overall, but it has to be to get the message across. There was one scene though which did seem a bit over the top involving Timmy and his girlfriend. 

That aside, it was interesting how the movie utilised rap in between key scenes to drive the story and to recap what had happened before. Apart from that, the film doesn’t really bring anything new to the industry, and at times feel like one of those “choose your path” knife campaigns adverts that I watched on YouTube in school, but it was an alright film and I can understand why it was made. 

This film was not banned at Cineworld as of writing this article, but Vue had due to violence in Birmingham in one of their cinemas. I don’t really know the full details of that so not going to get into it too much here – but if there are no screenings then how can teach its anti-violence message to an audience? By banning Blue Story the select cinemas have effectively missed the point of the film entirely.