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excellente' I was born in Jamaica and I live in America and although this movie was about leaving Jamaica for England, this movie makes me want to go back home to Jamaica. I joined Brit Box just for this! and it was worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
This is exceptional work. I am not going to pretend that every tvshow has to have certain things, however having a realistic view of how narrow-minded and reckless some may be is realism at its best. Being that I have been on the continent of the States all my life, I can see myself watching this and other shows like it. BRING ON MORE!!!!!!
It was so enlightening to see how . . . "There is nothing New under the sun." The Island of Jamacia's idea of what and how they would be treated once they were in England. Then to find out that they were not accepted there as equals. Neither were accepted as they had indeed accepted the British on their Island. After watching this I also watched an Episode of "Call the Midwife" on (PBS) and this story line was again presented in its fullness. Having already watched "The Island" I so understood exactly what was going on and how these immigrant families felt. THANK YOU for a wonderful look into history of WWII British life.
A sad and amateur attempt at anti-racism. Any attempt is better than no attempt but this is unwatchable as the acting is so poor and the story is so one-dimensional. Maybe if a person is unfamiliar with the ills of imperialism, and the accompanying blight of racism, and WILLING to finally examine it, this show could be a starting place.
And the portrayal of PTSD is unrealistic. It's far worse than what is represented. Touching on the tragedy of lives lost or lifetimes of misery as the results of rich men's wars is admirable. But this only goes skin deep.
Maybe because it was made in 2009 explains the naivety. But still naive. And sad.
This would have been a 5 star movie if not for that insipid voice over narration. It is beyond me why the director thought he would need a narration for what was obviously going on in the scene. This is a movie, not a book and in a good movie, the characters speak for themselves. Shame on the director for almost ruining this movie.
Apart from that, the movie portrayed the racism of the day, although it was over done in parts. Although there was plenty of racism at that time, not every white person actually beat up blacks, and violently, at the drop of a hat.
But, the movie really kept me engrossed for the whole time and that's that's more than I can say for most movies.