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The Veteran (2011)

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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

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... Robert Miller
... Alayna Wallace
... Chris Turner
... Tyrone Jones
... Danny Turner
... Fahad Sahal
... Gerry Langdon
... Hakeem
Eboseta Ayemere ... Ryan Sahal
Brendon Read ... Big Benny
... Fawwaz Abdullah
Christopher Peter Smith ... Omar
... Khaled
Steve Weston ... Ramush Jashari
... Chechen 1
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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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29 April 2011 (UK)  »

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O Veterano  »

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£2,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The social housing complex that Miller is living in is the Heygate estate at Elephant and Castle. You can see the Strata in one of the scene where Miller broke through some barricade to have the night view. The Heygate has since been demolished to make way for Elephant Park by Lend Lease. See more »

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Gerry Langdon: The organizing principle of any society is for war. The basic authority of the modern state over its people resides in its war powers. Today it's oil, tomorrow, water. It's what we like to call the GOD business: Guns, Oil, and Drugs. But there is a problem. Our way of life, its over. It's unsustainable and in rapid decline. That's why we implement demand destruction. We continue to make money as the world burns. But for this to work the people have to remain ignorant of the problem ...
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This Film is dedicated in loving memory to Deverok Pritchard (1939-2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ben Medcalf
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Unexpected gem!
21 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I new nothing about this film before seeing it and had no expectations whatsoever. As it started I feared it would be a re-trodden path of the ex-soldier having a hard time readjusting and dealing with depression, which in a way it was. However, the story soon split into several subplots, raising my level of interest and intrigue, before building into a crescendo of a well acted and nicely, grittily shot espionage film.

I read the review by Ced Yuen, and I'm a little surprised someone would try to dismantle this film and attack it's exaggeration of reality in terms of how a returning soldier would react and how non-realistic the ensuing action was. This film is pure entertainment, with a gritty, suedo- realism that is obviously from the mind of a writer who intended to entertain with an interesting and exciting story. It's not supposed to be a documentary of great insight into the mind of a war veteran.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and recommend it if you are in the mood for something different, yet very entertaining, with a nice mix of genre that you would not usually come across.


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