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UK 2020
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Emily Haigh, Leonard J. Moore II (executive), Martin Delaney (co), Robert Shulevitz (co) for Deniable Productions, Siren Call Films
directed by Simon Pearce
starring Martin Delaney, Josef Altin, Ben Turner, Merch Husey, Adrian Derrick-Palmer, Miguel Ángel Luque, Korey Ryan, Yanick Ghanty, Taro Bahar, Joel Grizzle, Andrew Troy, Steve Boyd, Andy Bullen, Dean Guidera, Juke Hardy, Terry Rymer, Paul Short, Grant Masters (voice), Nathan L Weller] (voice (voice), Nathan L Weller (voice)
written by Simon Pearce, Tommy Draper, music by Kieran Scragg, action choreography by Neil Chapelhow

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

At a time of civil unrest and during a riot, Trent (Martin Delaney), member of an Amred Response team, is cut off from the rest of his squad - and rather by accident happens upon a pocket of rioters that also contains their leader Elijah (Ben Turner) ... and suddenly he's no longer the hunter but the hunted. Trying to hide, Trent suddenly comes face to face with one of the rioters, Amir (Josef Altin), who offers to help, but his own prejudices make Trent distrust Amir from the get-go, and by refusing is help he runs right into another group of rioters who beat him up and tie him up.

Ultimately Trent finds himself face to face with Elijah, who questions him about a mole in his organisation - and suddenly he notices what a fool he has been not accepting Amir's help. What's worse, he could now (possibly) save himself ratting out Amir ...

 

A very skeletal action piece that refuses to waste any time with telling backstories - it's never even clear what the rioters stand for and against - but cuts to the chase ... and yet manages to hide a parable about trust, prejudice, and just being human within all the action, which of course makes the proceedings all the more powerful. Apart from that, the film though features some really cool action that wins one over with its natural rawness and relative realism, combined with a nail-biting directorial approach. And all of this makes this a very cool genre piece - that's surprisingly thoughtful for its brevity and almost wall-to-wall action.

 

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