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Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 1 May 2015 (USA)
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Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?

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Gerard Johnson

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Gerard Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ferdinando ... Michael
Stephen Graham ... David Knight
Neil Maskell ... Martin
Elisa Lasowski ... Ariana
MyAnna Buring ... Lisa
Richard Dormer ... Nick Taylor
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Chris
Tony Pitts ... Keith
Orli Shuka ... Nikolla Kabashi
Gjevat Kelmendi ... Rezar Kabashi
Thomas Craig ... Harrison
Lorenzo Camporese Lorenzo Camporese ... John Noonan
Shaban Arifi ... Spartak
Alfred Doda Alfred Doda ... Berat
Mem Ferda ... Akif Dikman
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Michael Logan is a police detective in London. His area is drugs and this brings him into contact with European drug syndicates. Logan is happy to turn a blind eye to their dealings, for a cut, or confiscate suppliers' merchandise for their own profit. So far he and his equally-crooked police colleagues have done quite well out of this. Then a deal he was planning with a member of a Turkish drug cartel goes sour and the balance of power swings to an Albanian gang, run by two brothers, the Kabashis. Logan quickly aims to provide the Albanians with the same service he provided the Turks, but they aren't easily lead. Meanwhile, he an his colleagues are being investigated by Internal Affairs. Just to make his life more complicated, he has been seconded to a vice task force, run by a former colleague whom he does not get along with. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiena See more »

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London, England, UK

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Film4,Number 9 Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, included this film in his list of top films of the year 2014. See more »

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Nick Taylor: My... name is... My name is Detective Inspector Nick Taylor... Michael Owen... IS GUILTY OF CORRUPTION!... THEFT!... EXTORTION!... INTIMIDATING WITNESSES! BRIBERY! YOU WANT ME TO GO ON? EH? ASSAULT! FRAUD!...
Michael: SHUT UP!
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Lyrics by Brenna MacCrimmon (as Brenna Mac Crimmon)
Composed by Osman Murat Ertel, Mehmet Levent Akman, Brenna MacCrimmon (as Brenna Mac Crimmon), Oya Erkaya
Performed and Produced by Baba Zula
Master & Publishing courtesy of Baba Zula, represented by Gulbabamusic: Istanbul
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Gritty and violent Brit Crime film that just passes muster
12 July 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

The plot is that a drug squad in London is seemingly as corrupt as the people they are trying to police. Michael (Peter Ferdinando) is the Detective Sergeant and he is the central figure with a taste for coke (the snorting variety) but essentially a good heart that is obscured by his own greed. 'The book' is for other cops in this film where the line between the law and law breakers is very opaque indeed.

Then their cozy World gets turned upside down when two Albanian low life's turn up and start to make things rather uncomfortable - that is when the line between good and bad goes from blurred to non existent.

Now there are some big names here; Stephen Graham and Neil Maskell both giving convincing performances as ever. The acting is all better than good; the direction and the production are superior too. Some of the scenes are very stylishly done, but the visceral depictions of violence (both on and off screen) makes sure that this does not become a 'classy crime flick'. The ending will leave some a bit annoyed but this is in most places a down to earth and realistically imagined film - hence my rating. Not one for the squeamish but one that shows a good Brit crime film can still be made.


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