Cleanskin 2011

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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.

Starring:
Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

Cleanskin

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Hadi Hajaig
Starring Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya
Supporting actors Charlotte Rampling, Tuppence Middleton, Michelle Ryan, Peter Polycarpou
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 4 July 2012
Format: DVD
A small British thriller that looks at the hard issue of extremist terrorism in the current world.

What could have been controversial is handled surprisingly well, as both sides are given screen time, and some justification, although clearly terrorism is not justified, the film does at least attempt to show how young men may be led astray to do suicide bombings.

Shot stylishly with cold London landscapes, and also filmed with a no holds barred approach to violence, this is gritty film making.

Sean Bean as the vengeful ex soldier on the trail of the would be terrorists is brutal and aggressive (Right up there with his performance in the Nick Love film Outlaw), and when he's on screen it's hard not to take notice added with an emotional element to his character that drives him it's a great performance.

The script is surprisingly intelligent, handling a sensitive subject, and the action, which is perhaps the wrong way to term the film, is brutal, but this is no Hollywood blockbuster, so it's contained to a few brutal gun shoot outs and some very, very brutal fights, that are filmed with urgency of a Bourne film.

In terms of look and style, it came across as a mixture of the BBC tv series Spooks, a little bit of Bourne, and with it's political/religious debates, may be the Bruce Willis/Denzel Washington film The Siege.

A film that shows low budget, does not mean film making skills have to drop to a lower standard.

Well recommended, just don't expect non stop action.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
This gritty Brit flick doesn't feature flashy car chases or helicopter chaos. There's minimal explosions and a contained bodycount. This isn't a Hollywood blockbuster. It's a thoughtful, thought-provoking thriller; shot at street level, gritty and violent, in a bleak and barren current-day London

Cleanskin features a sterling performance from Sean Bean as a hard-man undercover agent. He's well matched by his opposite number, Abhin Galeya, who plays Ash, a radicalised British Muslim man. There are two other stand-out turns; one of them especially spine-chilling when an experienced Middle Eastern activist comes to the UK to wreck a little revenge and show the home-grown `freedom fighters' what will be required of them in the long run. The following scenes would make anyone flinch and demonstrate not just a determination to be ready to die for a cause, nor to kill those who are perceived to be involved, but to follow the path of violence to its inevitable end.
Paced as an action-thriller, Cleanskin uses flashbacks to skilfully develop its underlying themes. It shows the emotional manipulation of the agents on each side of the conflict. Most are motivated by grief and revenge, unable to let go of the grievance and so perpetuating the violence. The protagonists exude angry nationalism and repressed rage - but the film doesn't dwell too long on them, and wraps its arguments around a fairly standard, solid plot familiar from every `who can you trust' espionage-thriller.
It does hit a few off notes -- the Muslim cleric who radicalises his flock is something of a cliché -- but the subplot involving Ash's English girlfriend is gripping. We understand more of his motivation watching her drunken university years through is eyes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Clark on 11 July 2012
Format: DVD
Great film based in London, about an MI5 agent/team and a terrorist cell. You can see how the cell starts, as the film goes back in time. It's "Spooks" but in a film format, and without all the gadget wizardry!!!

Sean Bean makes the film, worth a look. It's not James Bond, this "could happen" today, which is worrying!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emsworth Hermit on 15 July 2012
Format: DVD
This was a great film. Atmospheric & dark. I did have to go back & watch a couple of scenes as I'd missed an important part of the plotline that made the ending confusing on first watch, but whn I'd made sense of that it proved to be a very satisfying experience. Sean Bean is Sean Bean as one of the main characters but is perfect for the moody role. I paid under a tenner for this & felt it was a good buy & I shall probably watch the whole film through again in a couple of months time.
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Ewan is a British Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a British born suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell

Whilst the narrative that centres around Ash is him wrestling with his conscience and reflecting on his journey to terrorism.

I was expecting a sub terrorist thriller with Bean running around shooting people and spouting one liners, that's just me growing up in the eighties.

What I got was a lovely little movie that centres around Ash, and showing the viewer just how he became to turn against his country and his people, it's almost as if the makers want us to sympathise with him, in sense it works, but then the other people who are with him are portrayed as the most despicable people seen in the film.

The film flits between Bean, who has made some sort of connection with a job and Ash, flashbacks of Ash at uni and being drawn in.

It's really made well, and pulls no punches with its subject matter, and it's very, very violent. Not in your face violent, but the camera doesn't draw away for the viewer.

Bean is fantastic as usual, and he really doesn't get to say a lot, he spends the majority of the film shouting and punching people.

The ending is a bit dour, but other than that, it's a fine movie, cruelly ignored on its theatrical release.
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