NEDS – review

Non-Educated Delinquentis a Scottish term which has different meanings to different people. The acronym normally conjures up thoughts of anti-social behaviour like street-fighting, binge drinking and more. What this term means is explored in this film.

John McGill is boy growing up on a Glaswegian council-estate in 1972; he is an intelligent kid but mixes with ‘wrong crowd’ and his life is sufficiently altered. John is an engaging character who isn’t your typical NED. Why does John do the things he does? It’s up to you to decide. The film is a piece of social commentary without an opinion; it brings up the issues of the class system in the UK, poverty, and education. The film aims to provoke discussion.

I didn’t really know how the film would end, and when it did I was puzzled. It was very questionable and open to interpretation.  There is no catharsis, and you are left pondering. Although it was abstract, it didn’t force an opinion or give a happy ending just to please the audience, and for that I’m thankful.

The director Peter Mullan delivers a great gang film which doesn’t glorify violence. I noticed the certificate-rating is 18 and older, but don’t let this put you off. You won’t leave the cinema thinking “that was too violent for me”.


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