Chiko (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 9, 2008
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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

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.

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

... its uneven blend of social criticism, domestic drama and gangster tragedy illustrates just how difficult it is to capture that distinctive Scarface quality.

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Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)

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.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

The film has little new to offer but Ozgür Yildirim directs with assurance.

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Peter Bradshaw

This is frankly pretty cliched stuff.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Chiko's German boss, Moritz Bleibtreu confirms his reputation as one of Europe's most compelling younger film actors.

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Rich Cline
London Evening Standard

Something more than just a thriller - a film as accurate and hard-nosed as it needs to be.

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