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The Watchman (2016)

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 Mark Christopher Collins ... Dog Walker
Paul Dewdney ... Degsy
Lara Doree Lara Doree ... Policewoman
Stephen Graham ... Carl
Imogen King 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
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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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Minnow Films,Minnow Films See more »
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Slightly messy, but still a fairly decent little film
27 August 2016 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Carl (Stephen Graham) operates CCTV in a little centre all alone. Feeling pretty isolated, his only communication is with his friend Lee (Kieran O'Brien) over the cameras, and taking calls home from his troubled teenage daughter. His mundane existence is spiced up a little one night when he has to deal with a woman who is threatening to jump off the top of a building. But this is just the beginning of a terrifying night where he'll have to save Lee from a gang of drug dealers who have a score to settle with a two grand debt.

As the most heavily watched country in Europe, if not the world, CCTV permeates pretty much every facet of existence, and can cover many vast areas. The likes of Carl must exist all over the place, and Graham's portrayal must be typical of the sort that tend to work in jobs like these. It's the perfect setting for a 'real time' thriller, and like the best of them, it's (in this case very) short and sweet. As events are playing out literally as they're happening, it's a result like no other and The Watchman produces fairly hit and miss results.

The mood is impressively dark and grey, with the camera blurred out throughout, which perfectly encapsulates the grim, foreboding world the main character inhabits. There is also a genuine sense of tension and unpredictability about how events will turn out. But it's all also a little untidy, with the woman's suicide bid at the beginning not really tying in with the main story as a whole, as well as an ending that's meant to come off as unexpected and classy, but just leaves you with a sense of confusion and inconclusion.

It's still a generally decent effort, though, with lead star Graham perfectly suited to the role and an impressive air of mystery. ***


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