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Cleanskin (2012)


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Ewan is a Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell, whilst Ash wrestles with his conscience and reflects on his journey to terrorism.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Hadi Hajaig

Sep 11, 2012

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

The ambition is laudable even if the execution isn't as smooth or detailed as it might have been.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Plodding, somewhat misbegotten, and never slick enough to sweep us along.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's a lovely frisson between Bean and Rampling that makes you think what James Bond and M could be.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The film certainly has ambition and there are some memorable fight scenes, but it also lacks the extra oomph that could have done for Bean's action-movie career what Taken did for Liam Neeson's.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's perhaps one credibility-straining twist too many for the film, which up until then does a solid job of aping slicker, bigger-budgeted Hollywood thrillers.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A slick action drama with a strong cast, including Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Ryan, that delivers in terms of violence, gunplay and conspiracy thrills.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a competent, conventional thriller, but there's something suspiciously unbalanced going on here.

March 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

As a rather far-fetched work of faction, Cleanskin left me feeling rather grubby about the world that we live in - and not entertained.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

You couldn't ever accuse Hadi Hajaig's film of being one-sided: it has two, both of them stupid.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

As if we don't have enough gullible folk believing 7/7 and 9/11 conspiracy theories already, this poor thriller comes along to popularise the paranoia.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online | Comments (2)
Sun Online

Cleanskin has Charlotte Rampling dying, spiritually at least, on a bench. It can be contagious.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It plays like a lad-mag fantasy of counterterrorist work, juxtaposing mediocre action sscenes with a lot of deadly serious Islamist rhetoric.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

With a better script editor, this could have been a character-piece comparable, maybe, to Showtime's Homeland.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Could have been a British 24 but is undone by terrible plotting, implausibility and lack of excitement.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

At times, it's almost as funny as Four Lions. The trouble is, it's not meant to be comedy.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Trashily enjoyable thriller that puts its low budget to impressive use and scrapes a pass thanks to strong performances and some bone-crunching action scenes...

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A brutal, unsparing thriller, if a little on the long side.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Cleanskin

Cleanskin is an interesting action thriller with some pretty good performances from its cast, and is aided with an engaging storyline and good direction. Cleanskin works well enough to keep you involved in the story, but at times, it does falter and you can see that there aspects of the story that could have been improved upon. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a good action thriller, this one delivers something quite worthwhile for viewers that enjoy the genre, and there are some pretty good performances here as well. Sean Bean delivers yet again a solid performance, and he more than makes up for the film's shortcomings. Like, I said, the film is pretty good for what it tries to accomplish. However, I do that at times, the film's script could have been rewritten a bit to really make the ideas stand out. Cleanskin is a good film, but it does fall short of what it could have been. I felt that some of the ideas could have been better structured in order to make for an even more solid genre film. Nonetheless, there are enough effective elements at work to make this an engaging and worthy viewing experience. I liked the film, even if it fell short at times. Luckily the cast more than made up for the film's lack in truly engaging storytelling. The film has a good story, but like I said, it could have been better. The film is engaging for the post part, but you're left wanting more as well, therefore it's never really that memorable either. Cleanskin has some engaging moments, but it suffers from a script that seems a bit rushed, and disjointed. Despite this, it still is an entertaining film, and if you enjoy the genre, it's worth seeing. However, you'll probably walk away from this one wanting a bit as well.
March 31, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A brutal and hard-boiled thriller. It`s 24 meets Bourne with echoes of M.I 5. A fast and spectacularly furious roller-coaster ride. An intense and dramatic action film that delivers plenty of gun-play, fighting, drama, big thrills and lots of suspense and a great twist. A knockout. A pure edge of your seat thrill-machine from start to finish. A great story told from two different perspectives and shows the harshness and tension of both wonderfully and has great character development.. A slick and well-crafted movie that gets under your skin and into your head. An adrenaline-charged action-packed ride that kicks all sorts of ass. Sean Bean is riveting, he gives a brilliant and explosive performance that just shows how great he can be. Abin Galeya gives a gritty and excellent performance. It has a strong cast of English stars including the brilliant Charlotte Ramping, Michelle Ryan and Tom Burke.
October 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Crap name, great movie. Sean Bean hunting down terrorists. Good action, lots of suspense and a twist.
July 7, 2012

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    1. Ash: There will be more like me. I promise you.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. Ash: Violence is the supreme authority all authorities derive their power and legitimacy from.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
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