We Are Monster – Film Review

We Are Monster - Film Review

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This prison-set British drama builds to a harrowing finale

Fifteen years ago, 19-year-old Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute inmate Zhaid Mubarek was killed by his 20-year-old cellmate Robert Stewart. This shocking story – which resulted in an enquiry into the institute’s vetting of Stewart and the possibility that his crime was racially motivated – is the subject of Antony Petrou’s first feature, a prison-set drama similar to Steve McQueen’s 2008 film Hunger. New British actor Leeshon Alexander, who also wrote the script, plays Stewart and his racist alter ego, who goads him to attack black and Asian inmates. He gives a performance that increases in intensity all the way to a harrowing finale and the eerie credits, which remind us that Mubarek’s family are still seeking justice.