Cleanskin (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
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Time Out says

Tue Dec 20 2011

In another context, a ‘cleanskin’ is a bottle of surplus Aussie wine sold on without its label: in this modest contemporary British thriller however, the term signifies a secret service operative in covert mode – or indeed a terrorist suspect previously unknown to the authorities.

Although sold as a vehicle for rugged Sean Bean in action-man form as an embittered British intelligence agent, writer-producer-director Hadi Hajaig’s film devotes equal screen-time to the character journey of Abhin Galeya’s radicalised Muslim student within an escalating London terror campaign. This highlights the interaction of emotions and ideology on both sides as the movie gestures towards character depth, yet the script has little idea what to do with all this material, deploying a flashback structure which verges on the chaotic and entirely dissipates the story’s forward momentum.

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.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Mar 9, 2012

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Hadi Hajaig

Screenwriter:

Hadi Hajaig

Cast:

Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox

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Dom Watson

After watching this film I had fixed feelings. On one hand it was an interesting film with a plot that kept you interested but I feel it could have been so much better. In the first ten minutes I thought this is going to be great - a good British action film with Sean Bean taking to prisoners. But Beans character was never allowed to develop properly because too much attention was given to the terrorist. If you look at the film as a whole there was no real need to delve deeper into the life and feelings of the terrorist. The writer should have concentrated more on the story at hand rather than the flashbacks of the terrorist. The focus on the terrorist was boring and didn’t add anything to the film for me. I feel the film would have been a lot more fluid if the writer had focused on Sean Bean's character in more detail and had developed the plot from there. Instead the film focused too much on boring flash backs. The glimmers we had of Bean were brilliant but there just weren’t enough of them. Overall an ok film but could have been so much better. 3/5

al

This review seems somewhat harsh and I saw this film this week. I didn't find it 'chaotic' or 'plodding'. No, it's not a Bond or Bourne movie but it's a very good watch and nice to see a London action film with something to say for a change.

frank

Thanks for your thoughts, the people in charge of marketing Cleanskin!

MCL

I do not agree at all with the Timeout Reviewers review! This film is a fast paced action film that stands up well to its Hollywood counterparts. Unlike many a hollywood take on this subject however this film is thought provoking and introduces many areas of grey to the traditional good versus evil. If you want entertainment with some food for thought thrown in I would throughly recommend this film - enjoy!

MCL

I do not agree at all with the Timeout Reviewers review! This film is a fast paced action film that stands up well to its Hollywood counterparts. Unlike many a hollywood take on this subject however this film is thought provoking and introduces many areas of grey to the traditional good versus evil. If you want entertainment with some food for thought thrown in I would throughly recommend this film - enjoy!

Matt

A well thought out film that fully explores points of view from both perspectives of the terrorist plot. The flashbacks do not distract in any way and add to the clever character build necessary to understand a way of thinking.

Matt

A well thought out film that fully explores points of view from both perspectives of the terrorist plot. The flashbacks do not distract in any way and add to the clever character build necessary to understand a way of thinking.