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Hyena (2014)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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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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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiena See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Gross USA:

$3,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,586
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Film4, Number 9 Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Harvest Of Souls
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Fairly standard crime film with some uncompromising moments
19 June 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A corrupt cop Michael leads a team who tackle drug trafficking in London. But they act more like a gang of criminals themselves. Michael habitually cuts deals with the dealers but the arrival of two violent Albanian criminals, who not only traffic drugs but young women as well, presents him with a moral dilemma; while at the same time his team's corruption is threatened with exposure by an old colleague from his past who is assigned to work alongside them.

The hyena of the title is of course the bad cop Michael played by Peter Ferdinando. He is a pretty unglamourized central character. I was brought to mind of the film Pusher, particularly the remake set in London. Both films have protagonists who are engulfed in immorality and who are set on a downward spiral, while both also have scarily authentic ethnic gangsters from the south eastern Mediterranean providing the main threat of brutality. But maybe it's this very familiarity that is the problem, in that it seems like we have been here before with British crime flicks. What does stand out somewhat are the occasional moments of extreme grimness. On a few occasions we are presented with pretty visceral violence or the results of it, while there is also the repulsive sight of an overweight man having sex with a comatose girl to contend with. These horrible moments do hit home though and ensure this is a film that doesn't pull its punches. It's a film that is stylised at times, such as the opening assault of the neon lit club, and with an effective moody soundtrack from, of all people, The The. But it certainly isn't over-stylised which is something many other recent examples in the crime genre are, this ensures it has a grittier aesthetic overall which fits in with the story. On the whole though, there's nothing really new here though so in the final analysis it's a solid film as opposed to a very good one.


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