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CCTV operator Carl becomes frustrated when the police refuse to tackle a gang of drug dealers. He takes the law into his own hands with devastating repercussions.


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Credited cast:
Sian Breckin Sian Breckin ... Sandy
Hannah Chalmers ... Female Police Op
Roman Clark Roman Clark ... Jake (as Rowan Clark)
Mark Christopher Collins ... Dog Walker
Paul Dewdney ... Degsy
Lara Doree Lara Doree ... Policewoman
Stephen Graham ... Carl
Imogen King ... Kelly
Kieran O'Brien ... Lee
Bailey Patrick ... Policeman
Hussina Raja Hussina Raja ... Asian Woman
Rick Reynolds Rick Reynolds ... Sandy's New man
Xavien Russell Xavien Russell ... Hoodie 3
Bobby Schofield ... Fleece Cap
George Somner George Somner ... Hoodie 1


Carl is a security officer, watching the local streets on a bank of CCTVs. A kindly man he is unable to prevent a female suicide and, when he reports a group of drug pushers he is rebuffed by a patronizing policewoman who claims the force are too busy to investigate. He enlists his colleague Lee to frame them but Lee only steals their money and, after a visit from teen-aged daughter Kelly, upset following a row with his unfaithful wife Sandy, Carl finds that the criminals have abducted Lee and mean him harm. With no official back-up Carl puts himself on the line to effect justice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 August 2016 (UK) See more »

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Short story with unsettling themes....
27 August 2016 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

In the UK, for many Stephen Graham can do no wrong. He has a good list of films & TV shows under his belt many of which some would crave to even have just one of them, be it the excellent This Is England film or Boardwalk Empire.

He looks and acts like your blue collar man, and you know what, he does it well. Here he again plays another foot soldier at ground level, acting as a surveillance man who gets involved one night shift as he sees drug dealers on the cameras and decides to take action. As you can guess it has dark overtones, and add in his family dysfunctions coming on board, it's a powder-keg.

It's dark, it's gripping, it's grim and you just don't really know how it plays out. It's all about Stephen Graham here and he carries it brilliantly.

The problem is that it needs further time and more fattening out. The ending which I won't spoil is clearly a homage to a famous cult movie for the British film viewers, and really doesn't fully work here.

It's a fine, interesting and challenging story. You'll find it worth a viewing.

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