5.91 h 41 min2018X-RayUHD16+
Yardie is the fresh, compelling and remarkable directorial debut from Idris Elba.
Idris Elba
Aml AmeenShantol JacksonStephen Graham
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Supporting actors
Fraser JamesSheldon ShepherdEveraldo Creary
Gina CarterRobin Gutch
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4.5 out of 5 stars

496 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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One More Ontological MonadReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing new here, same old thug tale
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I gave up on this 23 minutes before the end as it's just the same old tale told over and over. I guess we are supposed to sympathize with the character Dennis because his brother got murdered 10 years ago. Ho hum and boo hoo. In the end he is just another drug dealing, murdering thug and he gets no sympathy here. Yvonne told him he had to change or get out of her life, but she let him stay even though he refused to change. Has anyone seen this story line before? Oh yeah, about 7 billion of us have seen it. Do yourself a favor and skip this one and, for those of you who gave it 5 stars - really?
63 people found this helpful
Angela M.Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Jamaican Version of Game of Thrones
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While watching this movie look beyond the typical drug narrative and see the true story of how one should traumatic incident in a young boy's life can have long-lasting implications. Every decision has lasting and deadly consequence. But in the end every man must choose his own path. This movie is not for everyone and that's okay.
56 people found this helpful
JReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
this is such a good movie
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im not sure why people are giving bad rating but this movie is so good! im happy i found it. if i was just reading the reviews i wouldnt have watched this but im glad i watched it. SOOOOOOOOOO good
51 people found this helpful
Melinda LoveReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heart warming, exciting, entertaining
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In some ways a sad movie, in other ways a motivation how to survive in a rough world. Great production value, and music also. Great acting. Sad that so many urban and island youth get caught up in the drug game, attempting to generate fiat currency for power, home, family. Make more movies like his one. Jah, rastafari. One love. Respect. Seen. Big up the conscious massive. Hotep.
31 people found this helpful
N.A.Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A New Classic
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Yardie explores common themes in storytelling that date back to Shakespeare. However, it is a laid back lo-fi rendering of these familiar tropes, coupled with a soundtrack of music legends.
For those not familiar, it is based on Victor Headley's 1992 novel of the same name - look it up on Amazon!
Nice one Idris!
27 people found this helpful
BillakingReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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There are many aspects of the movie that surprised me especially that there are lots black and brown people who live in London. I had been bought up in America to believe that London was all white and neat, with a few black and brown people. But to see ghettos in London surprised me and change my perspective of London. I have even more respect for black and brown people; who suffer everywhere the same.
15 people found this helpful
Looking CloserReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The path of murder that leads to hell
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Story about a young boy seeking revenge for his brother's murder. Revenge is a path to hell and betrayal. Hard to understand dialogue, but well worth the watch.
12 people found this helpful
L. R. SmithReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very watchable film and a great soundtrack.
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I do not normally watch films about gang wars or drug dealing. I watched Yardie for two reasons 1. I had a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial and 2. I truly appreciate Idris Elba as an actor and wanted to see his work as a director.

As another reviewer said, but in a much different and very negative way, if you've seen one film about conflicting gangs or drug lords then you've seen them all. However, I did enjoy Yardie. The acting was very good and the soundtrack is excellent, especially ''Johnny Was'' by Skip Marley which plays at the end as the credits run. I so appreciate good reggae, the beats and the rhythms. Then they threw in the Isley Brothers' ''Work To Do'' for good measure. What!!! Excellent soundtrack if you like reggae.

A very watchable film if you are not offended by the violence, which by the was is not overdone as with some films of this genre.
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