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A Common Man -- A terrorist plants several bombs throughout the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released.
A Common Man -- Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross star in this action thriller about an ordinary man who reaches his breaking point when a corrupt government frees four terrorists. Directed by Chandran Rutnam.

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Chandran Rutnam
Neeraj Pandey (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 November 2013 (Qatar) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ben Kingsley ... The Man

Ben Cross ... DIG

Patrick Rutnam ... IP Mohideen

Frederick-James Lobato ... IP Ranjan
Numaya Siriwardena ... Dilky
Jerome de Silva ... SP Victor
Dushyanth Weeraman ... Dilfer
Mohamed Adamaly ... Chief Secretary

Kian O'Grady ... Sergeant Bernard
Susan Zareena ... Aisa
Lucky Wickremanayake ... Chief Minister
Veena Jayakody ... Vegetable Seller
Ashan Dias ... Akthul Majood
Wilson Gunaratne ... Prakash Kumar
Sando Harris ... D. Gopinath
Wilmon Sirimanne ... Sunil Master
Pujitha Kanachana ... TV Cameraman
Teddy Vidyalankara ... Pithala Nihal
Dhanam Senathirajah ... Officer Ganeshan
Suresh Weththasinghe ... Officer Warner
Roshie Sandrasegaram ... Sketch Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Udana Fonseka ... Akthul Majood (voice)
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Directed by
Chandran Rutnam 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Neeraj Pandey  original screenplay
Chandran Rutnam 

Produced by
Sumeet Aggarwal .... associate producer
D. Ravichandra Babu .... associate producer
B.S. Radha Krishnan .... producer
Paul Mason .... executive producer
Manohan Nanayakkara .... producer
Manohar Prasad .... co-producer
Ravi Shankar Prasad .... co-producer
Chandran Rutnam .... producer
Jonathan Sheinberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ramesh Vinayakam (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Chandana Jayasinghe 
 
Film Editing by
James Rutnam 
 
Casting by
Stacey Rosen 
 
Production Design by
Sunil Wijeratne 
 
Makeup Department
Vidura Abeydeera .... assistant makeup artist
Narada Thotagamuwa .... key makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Vijay Rathinam .... sound designer
S. Sivakumar .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kalaiarasan .... 3D artist: GeminiFX
Ramesh Karthikeyan .... visual effects supervisor: GeminiFx
Sivilesh .... cg artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Malory Congoste .... a camera first assistant: second unit
Antoine Marteau .... director of photography: second unit / additional photography
 
Other crew
Sachin Suresh Gurav .... publicity designer
Emileigh Phan .... assistant to producer
 

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
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86 min
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
See it just for Kingsley playing the REAL Mandarin!, 6 August 2013
Author: incognitoami from United States

Alright so this film gets a LOT of flak for being bad. Bad film making. Poorly acted. Poor ADR dubbing/editing. A weak script. Low budget. So be it. I'll give it that. Ben Kingsley is an incredibly underrated actor and his performance alone here makes this film worth watching, particularly because of the wasted potential of his villainous character in Iron Man 3 as The Mandarin. I won't spoil what went wrong in that film for those who haven't seen it, suffice to say that if director Shane Black had taken his character seriously, Kingsley's performance in A Common Man would have delivered a diabolically sinister Mandarin the fans were all expecting to see.

Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley delivers an uncompromising performance as "The Man" a terrorist who plants five bombs around the city of Columbo, Sri Lanka demanding the release of political prisoners from the D.I.G. (Mister DIG) played by Ben Cross, another underrated British performer, in a suspenseful game of cat and mouse. Unfortunately the usually dependable Ben Cross' performance is hampered by bad dubbing and very melodramatic acting but Kinglsey shines in a role reminiscent of his character of hit-man Don Logan in Sexy Beast.

As others have pointed out, there are indeed some audio sync issues as it appears the whole film was ADR'd and lip sync is annoyingly off a little at times (about a frame or two). So it's not the best technically produced film and the acting by the supporting Hindi cast is almost laughably bad at times, but if you want to see Kingsley playing the real Mandarin I suggest you check it out for his performance alone for a glimpse of what could and should have been in Iron Man 3.

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