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Hyena (2015)

Hyena (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Sinking in with as much baleful bite as its namesake, Hyena offers a dark, stylish, and impressively gritty addition to the British crime genre.

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Michael (Peter Ferdinando) is a ruthless undercover coptargeting London's most violent drug traffickers. He and his team aren't above taking their cut from the criminals they're charged with taking on -but when he's threatened with exposure, he's forced to rapidly shift his loyalties and sell out his allies in order to stay alive. Gerard Johnson's ultraviolent thriller - part Nicolas Winding Refn, part Abel Ferrara,and featuring a propulsive score by British new wave legends The The - is a brutal, neon-colored portrait of a man far beyond salvation. (C) Tribeca

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Stephen Graham
as David Knight
Richard Dormer
as Nick Taylor
Orli Shuka
as Nikolla Kabashi
Thomas Craig
as Harrison
Lorenzo Camporese
as John Noonan
Shaban Arifi
as Spartak
Gjevat Kelmendi
as Rezar Kabashi
Mem Ferda
as Akif Dikman
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Critic Reviews for Hyena

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

By the end, as the camera lingers on Peter Ferdinando's phlegmy, leaking face, Hyena has done something uncommon: It has frightened you.

May 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Hyena's convoluted tale is given a fresh coat of grime by Johnson's direction, which favors handheld cinematography -- often tracking its protagonists from behind -- that gives the action a pseudo-vérité ruggedness.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

I suspect that anyone who actually makes it to the bitter end will be enraged by what it does and does not contain.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Hyena" feels like a throwback to the tough-as-nails British gangster flicks of the 1970s.

April 30, 2015 | Full Review…

The kind of gory British policier from which you come away with the queasy feeling that the world is essentially a butcher shop ruled by greed, murder, cruelty and lust.

April 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Johnson aspires to make Hyena into the stuff of classical tragedy, yet he telegraphs Michael's inward transformation way too soon.

April 30, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hyena

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If you're looking for a gritty british drama, like only the british can do, with a sordid storyline, no happy moments and plenty of shocking moments backed by fantastic performances, look no further. Despite the ballsy ending (come on, you know how it was really gonna end), sometimes the script is too obtuse and clunky to truly engage us. Still, Hyena is a worthy follow-up to Johnson's equally great Tony, sans the dark humor or course.

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