A gritty look into the East London gang culture, Twenty8K tells the story of Deeva, whose younger brother Vip has been arrested for shooting and killing a member of Twenty8K, a local gang. Soon we get enveloped in the tangled world of politics and media manipulation as we unravel the tale of how Vip was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With lots of twists and turns, this thriller certainly keeps you on your toes. However, with too many characters introduced throughout, some with little to do with the overall plot, the story is sometimes convoluted with innuendo, which adds a little confusion to the tale. Once the underlying plot starts to reveal itself, however, we are faced with a strikingly possible film highlighting society's vulnerability at the hands of the political powers that be.
The film brings Parminder Nagra back to our screens, for the first time since her US success on ER and more recently Alcatraz, directed by Lost's JJ Abrams.
Words by Nishadi Ranasinghe.