Victim is a gritty urban thriller which follows a group of twentysomethings who have chosen a life of crime in a bid to support themselves.
It is a pretty familiar story: a group of youngsters growing up on a tough estate are downtrodden and angry at the cards they have been dealt in life, so they do what they know best to get quick cash and the thrills that come with it.
However, this film is a little bit different in that it’s not just about violence, drugs and money: there really is a powerful underlying message.
Victim tells of Tyson's (Chin) struggle to be a role model for his sister Nyla (Wright), provide for her and be a parent to her in the wake of the destruction and debts left by their alcoholic, gambler mother. Stuck in a cycle of crime and violence, Tyson carries out armed robberies with his friends Jason (Maris) and Mannie (Maza) in a bid to pay off his mother’s debts and enjoy the good life.
When Tia (Madekwe) arrives in the midst of all this to stay with her cousin Davina (Nightingale), she inspires Tyson to get his act together and see that there is another way to live his life. She shows him that he can live an honest life - if that’s what he wants. But is he finally ready to leave the game?
Victim is didactic in nature and the realities of Tyson and his companions' lives pushes the message home - you don’t have to be a victim of your environment.
From script to stars, this film showcases good British talent, and will make you think. Is the world in which we live made up of good and bad people, or is everybody a victim of something?
Worth a watch.