Shifty is so much better than it has any right to be. By now, the British Urban Crime Drama is nothing new, but this is a film that finds success in it like few others. The key here is the way that our leads are so irresistibly charming; they talk the talk, they walk the walk, but at heart there's something about their connection and their care about their situation that feels so very relatable.
Not everything hits. Towards the third act we find ourselves shifting into more conventional territory where the narrative must pit out leads against each other, but for the most part it is a raw, surprisingly human film where we are overtly in tune with the characters and their environment, as we can only hope for a better future for them.