Directed by Rebecca Johnson
In Brixton, London, 15-year-old Layla gets sucked into gang activity.
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★★★½ review by Hannah Stevenson on Letterboxd
simply and realistically shot, though it sometimes feels like a student project for a film class, it still has a story with depth. a film that seemed to go completely under everyone's radar. it's an incredibly depressing film led by the beautiful and talented Jessica Sula.
★★★★½ review by BEE on Letterboxd
one of the best films of the 21st century imo
★★★★½ review by agard on Letterboxd
who is more trapped in a honeytrap – the prey that deviates from its course to chase something sweet, or the honey, whose life has been a series of forces exerted upon it, wresting, cleaving, slathering, leading it inescapably to this moment of accessory in a cruel chain of consumption?
“native son”-esque in its grim determinism, johnson’s nuanced, understated dissection of the social conditions that seal her protagonist’s fate will go unappreciated by those expecting a sordid gangland romp with a lovable hero. also easy to overlook is the note-perfect supporting turn of naomi ryan as layla’s hot-and-cold, world-weary mother. jessica sula iridesces.
★★★★ review by Audiences Everywhere on Letterboxd
"The teenage romance starts off mostly par for the course but its tragic end is something unique. Based on a true story, able to stand on its own without leaning on too many coming-of-age clichés. Without an over-simplified conclusion or an overarching lesson about growing up, Honeytrap leaves Layla nearly as lost in the end as when she arrived, making for an emotionally honest look at a girl’s struggle with young adulthood."
★★★½ review by Chris Perkins on Letterboxd
A simplistic but overall effective story that ends on the right note.
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