The Veteran (2012)
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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.
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Critic Reviews for The Veteran
Channels the world-weary '70s paranoia of 'Taxi Driver' and 'The Conversation' through the imposingly clinical formal approach of process-fixated auteurs like Robert Bresson or Michael Haneke.
The storytelling lacks some polish but the picture builds to a powerful, high body-count climax.
A state-of-the-nation conspiracy thriller split three ways, The Veteran overstretches itself by fighting on too many fronts at once.
A thriller which strains for contemporary relevance but lacks the spark to incite or entertain.
Boasts some enjoyably brutal close-quarter fight sequences, not to mention a ludicrously over-the-top finale in which Toby Kebbel goes all Rambo on gangs of tower block-dwelling neds.
Never pulls all the elements into a convincing whole, despite solid performances from the eternally watchable Cox and rising star Kebbell.
Kebbell gives an intense, upfor-it turn, but it's a shame he wasn't given more to work with - and his character remains inscrutable throughout.
It's a thinly populated drama, full of sketchy, unconvincing characters...
A guns-blazing showdown at the end jolts you back to attention, but the fumbled ironies of the plot leave a dour and portentous aftertaste.
Kebbell in an unfamiliar, deadpan stance, but with that distant glint of madness in the eye that we were first exposed to in RocknRolla.
Clichéd, incoherent and queasily Daily Mail-pleasing, its conspiracy theorising third act is a disaster.
Hope's strongest suit is Kebbell, who first impressed in Dead Man's Shoes opposide Paddy Considine and imbues Miller with a jittery menace reined in by a brooding sense of justice.
Gritty and effective, this is an impressively directed British thriller that cleverly mixes several different elements and ultimately succeeds thanks to a mesmerising central performance from rising star Toby Kebbell.
A powerful, punchy slice urban thriller that shows off Kebbell at his most compelling.
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