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Throwing instead of pulling its punches, this is the story of Isa (as he's actually named, but who finds the nickname Chiko much cooler) who grows up in a Hamburg suburb. It might be one of the world's richest cities but every beast has its belly and here, in the very underbelly, Chiko lives in a world where violence, staking and keeping a claim, and drug taking are the norm. Where down is not an option, Chiko is determined to rise to the top, whatever and whomever it costs. Regardless of time and circumstances, he wants immediate and unlimited respect. And with the means justifying… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"The film has little new to offer but Ozgür Yildirim directs with assurance."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The final scenes simply lack the necessary weight to turn Chiko into something profound, affecting, or entirely memorable."
‑ Mark Ramshaw, Filmstar Magazine
"Too much of its urban grit seems in thrall to American precedents."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This is frankly pretty cliched stuff."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be."
‑ Rich Cline, This is London
"Starts in an impressive, genre-subverting manner but then reverts to type a little towards the end."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"In Özgür Yildirim's vibrant thriller, the exigencies of genre clash with the realities of Germany's urban multiculturalism - but a bland central performance, and a paucity of surprises, hinder its rise to the top of the drug-movie hierarchy."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Never does the plot deviate from its almost pre-ordained course and as we witness the rise and fall of Chiko not once is there a surprise in store to ramp up the interest."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"The feature debut of writer/director Özgür Yildirim, Chiko may offer a familiar account of ambition, excess and revenge in the narcotics biz, but it's executed with assurance and acted with force."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The handsomely grungy photography, the moments of grislier-than-usual violence and the producing participation of film-maker Fatih Akin fail to rescue this moody thug epic from being a cross-Channel cousin to the UK's mod gangster genre."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Pathiasmeno kai filotimo skinothetiko ntempoyto, poy pashei ap' oles tis astheneies ton ntempoyton: filodoksies poy den kalyptontai ap' tis senariakes baseis kai tis skinothetikes ikanotites toy dimioyrgoy"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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