Sean Bean plays Ewan, a secret service agent deep undercover in London’s criminal underbelly, on the heels of a terrorist cell. His mission: to terminate with extreme prejudice.
Also starring Charlotte Rampling and James Fox as his operators and Abhin Galeya as Ash, the eponymous 'cleanskin', an extremist unknown to the security services and every agent’s worst nightmare.
- 30-second TV Spot - English SDH subtitles
- 60-second TV Spot - English SDH subtitles
- Theatrical Trailer - no subtitles
A film that’s utterly anchored by a terrific central performance from Sean Bean, Cleanskin
is a gritty British thriller, dealing with a sensitive subject. Bean’s character is a secret service agent, one who is tracking down a terrorist cell in the UK, but the film also devotes a good chunk of time to one of the terrorists, too. That focus is trained on Ash, played by Abhin Galeya, who finds himself persuaded into terrorism, and inevitably on a collision path with Bean. Cleanskin
then builds things up on different sides of the law, before its inevitable climax.
It’s a brave and well-handled film at its best, too. There’s the odd tonal problem, where the deathly serious drama at the heart of the story is sacrificed for a less deathly serious action sequence, but there’s a real commitment here to tell the story well. Bean, too, is excellent, dragging the film through its weaker moments, and proving once more what a compelling screen presence he is.
It’s a pity that the disc’s extra features don’t dig too much deeper into the complex subject matter, although you do get some behind the scenes material to complement the main feature. And, the presentation of the movie is terrific, too.
Cleanskin is a divisive film, though, courtesy of the subject decisions it’s not afraid to make. In spite of its flaws, it’s a compelling piece of cinema, that overcomes its tight budget to present something both interesting and engaging. No easy feat. --Jon Foster