Main Plot Points:
- Tyson (Ashley Chin), an east Londoner in his 20s, looks after his sister by day, and robs luxury flats at night. But his sister’s classroom encounters with an inspirational teacher (David Harewood) suggest that even very difficult lives can be turned around.
- Meanwhile, Tia (Ashley Madekwe), a girl from the other side of the tracks, enters Tyson’s life and allows him to glimpse another way of life.
What We Thought:
- Victim was a pretty generic, flat crime drama out of the UK.
- It pretty much had every cliché in the book. Terrible dialogue that made me cringe. Typical characters that I just didn’t care about. And a story I’ve seen a thousand times before.
- I think the characters were my biggest issue. Tyson should be the one we root for, he’s trying to change his ways and support his sister, but he still robs people and there’s not enough to his story arc. So I didn’t like him.
- Then there’s his sister, but there’s nothing to her story at all. Her story seemed unnecessary especially the teacher trying to push her. Tyson is in the streets hustling to support her and he’s given a love interest and tough decisions, why bother with the sister at all? Just give him a sister, her school life served no purpose.
- The Blu-ray looks good though. It’s dark and gritty like you expect in a British crime drama. There’s not a lot of wardrobe or special effects or beautiful backdrops, but that’s the point. Audio is easy to hear dialogue and score.
- I think with less characters Victim might have worked better. There’s a student named Victor that has an arc to him that served no purpose to Tyson really. Tyson’s friends should have been trimmed back a bit (his white friend didn’t need an arc either). I think by giving too much going on, they lost track of why we should care.
- Cast Interviews
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ashley Chin
- Ashley Madekwe
Recommended if You Like:
- Generic Crime Dramas
- Generic British Crime Dramas
- Generic Urban Crime Dramas