Victim (15)


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Crime with very little punishment is the order of the day in this derivative British gang flick.

Ashley Chin writes and stars as Tyson, leader of a thieves' kitchen that uses girls to infiltrate the flash apartments of rich City boys; robbery with violence has seldom looked easier.

Tyson's not all bad, though; he's putting his 15-year-old sister (Letitia Wright) through school and finding common ground with a college student (Ashley Madekwe) new to London.

It begins quite promisingly before succumbing to earnest sloganeering on victimhood and the cliché of a crim's one last job before going straight.

By the end, it crams its message into a student essay that's recited in class and greeted, bewilderingly, with applause.