The debut feature from director Isaac Julien, YOUNG SOUL REBELS is a fascinating look at British culture in the late 1970s, especially its music and politics. But it's also curiously uninvolving on an emotional level, mainly for its awkward attempt to stuff its impulses and ideas into a
creaky genre thriller plot. Julien, whose documentary LOOKING FOR LANGSTON created controversy for its focus on poet Langston Hughes's homosexuality, seems to be looking for a middle ground here between provoking and pleasing a wide audience that is only partially successful.
Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and Caz (Mo Sesay) are two boyhood friends struggling to establish themselves ...