Cleanskin

Cleanskin

Ewan is a Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell, whilst Ash wrestles with his conscience and reflects on his journey to terrorism. 1.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Cleanskin

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Certificate 15
Genre Thriller
Director Hadi Hajaig
Cast Charlotte Rampling, Abhin Galeya, Sean Bean
Studio Warner Bros UK
Release Date March 2012
Running Time 108 mins
 

Ewan is a Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell, whilst Ash wrestles with his conscience and reflects on his journey to terrorism.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

A little too protracted to be suspenseful and see-saws between straight-ahead genre movie business and state-of-the-nation sincerity.

05/03/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s clear that Hajaig intends the film to be something a little more thoughtful and complex than it initially appears. All of the key characters are damaged and tainted ... And it’s the fact that the film avoids simplification and black and white plotting that makes it, despite its manifold problems, one of the more interesting pictures to deal with terrorism and our response.

09/03/2012

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Screen

Mark Adams

Attempts to favour character development over explosions, but despite solid performances never really gets to the core of the subject, and relies far too much on some clumsy flashbacks that hamper the flow of the story.

08/03/2012

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

Bean is one-note (pretty much as usual, then), the performances prove as functional as the action, and while there’s enterprise to admire, the result is plodding, somewhat misbegotten, and never slick enough to sweep us along.

06/03/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

The story oscillates like a defective metronome. Now it is with Bean’s story, now with Galeya’s, in variable chunks but never long enough to interest us in either.

08/03/2012

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

The lines between heroes and villains are blurred. Sean Bean's rugged secret agent is every bit as sadistic and brutal as his Muslim terrorist antagonists.

09/03/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

The character who’s most fun is an Islamic cleric bent on revolution, played with enjoyable oiliness by Peter Polycarpou, though I couldn’t help thinking his faith would have demanded more facial hair and less designer stubble.

09/03/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

It plays like a lad-mag fantasy of counterterrorist work, juxtaposing mediocre action scenes with a lot of deadly serious Islamist rhetoric.

08/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The film dabbles tastelessly with images redolent of the 7/7 attacks before delivering a fatuously cynical ending.

11/03/2012

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