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one of the best thrillers you have never heard of
on 4 September 2011
One of the best thrillers you have never heard of. Strong roles for Kingsley, Sutherland and Quinn who all do an excellent job.
This is an extremely well put together and well written thriller. It is based around the recruitment of a lookalike for Carlos the Jackal, and the attempt to use him to kill the original terrorist. There are high production values, consistently believable acting, and although the plots is at times far fetched, it remains engaging, believable and convincing.
In common with the best thrillers there is as much psychology as there is acting, it never becomes over anguished, but these feel like people making real choices, that will have real and costly impacts for them.
There are some memorable action sequences, although at times brutal, it is a grown up and satisfying film. In the context of a quality film I don't think the violence and language are inappropriate. Classed as an 18, there is some sex and sexual references that are unsuitable for children.
This is one of those films that feels long, not because it is dull, but because it takes you on a real journey with characters that you care about.