I got the idea from the first five minutes that it was going to be a slow moving story, it was agonising waiting for something to happen. The scene was set well enough in the first minute, depressing, breadline, working class Britain. There was no need for dragging out the setting of the oppressive environment in which Tyler was growing up.
His mother was well played, as a struggling, worn out single parent who worked shifts to provide for her kids. Simon was clearly well-cast, a predator who commanded attention.
I resisted fast forwarding at first but gave up watching when Tyler became a drug dealer overnight after about 30 minutes.
This film was probably great for someone doing a social study, but I want more evidence of why Tyler fell victim so easily. Why was he so introverted and disengaged when he plainly loved his little sister and mother?
Why did he abandon them so easily?
The term 'county lines' describes the practice of using children to traffic drugs from cities to coastal towns and rural areas, an under-reported fact of modern British life. Inspired by the stories he heard while mentoring kids at an East London pupil referral unit, writer-director Henry Blake's powerful feature debut boasts a compelling central performance by Conrad Khan as 14-year-old Tyler, whose mum Toni (Ashley Madekwe) is struggling to provide for him and his sister. Excluded from school, Tyler becomes a train-bound narcotics courier for local criminal Simon, played with a calm menace by Harris Dickinson. County Lines (2019) depicts the ensuing cycle of debt, deceit and violent exploitation with a quiet stylistic confidence that's all the more haunting for being so rigorously unsentimental.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
April 24, 2021 at 11:09 PM