Time Out says
For a low-budget British thriller, there’s a world of ambition on display in Matthew Hope’s second feature, which clearly channels the world-weary ’70s paranoia of ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘The Conversation’ through the imposingly clinical formal approach of process-fixated auteurs like Robert Bresson or Michael Haneke. Camerawork, editing and Mark Delany’s unsettling, swirling score combine to create a sense of genuine cinematic accomplishment from moment to moment, though it’s fair to say the film lacks the thematic substance to go with it. While there’s tension in Kebbell’s ongoing mission, the script’s theorising on conspiracies sits uneasily in standalone chunks, and there are too few surprises as events build towards a final reel where the ‘Taxi Driver’ influence takes over. Kebbell, though, is mesmerising, combining young De Niro’s brooding intensity with electric Stathamesque physicality, in a performance of taciturn concentration. Flawed but defiantly promising, it’s one to leave you reeling after British cinema’s bleakest finale since ‘Get Carter’.
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