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Yuma

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Polish gangster flick isn't very Yuma-rous

It may present itself as the Polish Goodfellas, but Yuma lacks the conviction of its inspiration.

Set after the fall of communism across central and Eastern Europe, it sees poverty-stricken, baby-faced Zyga (Jakub Gierszal) – like Justin Bieber playing the Milky Bar Kid – rise as a gangster at the birth of Polish capitalism.

There are flashes of greatness, with co-writer/director Piotr Mularuk touching upon, but never fully exploring, the grim desperation of the post-communist vacuum.

Overall, however, it's let down by muddled plotting, a weak script and a lead that lacks the depth needed to sell this story of moral collapse. Shame.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 31st 2012
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