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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.

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Critic Reviews for Cleanskin

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Aug 23, 2012
  • It plays like a lad-mag fantasy of counterterrorist work, juxtaposing mediocre action sscenes with a lot of deadly serious Islamist rhetoric.

    Mar 8, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • With a better script editor, this could have been a character-piece comparable, maybe, to Showtime's Homeland.

    Mar 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Plodding, somewhat misbegotten, and never slick enough to sweep us along.

    Mar 6, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a lovely frisson between Bean and Rampling that makes you think what James Bond and M could be.

    Sep 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cleanskin

  • Feb 26, 2019
    It's a format I've seen before in British crime thriller/political intrigue films, a format I'm not particularly fond of, and Cleanskin isn't even a well done example of it. No letdowns in the acting department though, so credit where credit's due.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2012
    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.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    Crap name, great movie. Sean Bean hunting down terrorists. Good action, lots of suspense and a twist.
    Stuart B Super Reviewer

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