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The Veteran (2011)

Brian Cox , Tony Curran , Matthew Hope  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Cox, Tony Curran, Toby Kebbell
  • Directors: Matthew Hope
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006XF2X5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Anti-hero Robert Miller is THE VETERAN in this gritty, hard-hitting tale of a young soldier returning from Afghanistan. Thrown back into society and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing the hell of active combat in Afghanistan, Miller doesn't fit in. Targeted as an undercover surveillance operative to monitor suspected terrorists in Britain, Miller soon becomes obsessed with saving Alayna, a young Anglo-Asian woman from a group of fanatics. Relevant to Britain in 2011, THE VETERAN explores the link between the war on terror and the war on drugs, from the soldiers on the front line to the drug dealers on the streets of Britain and how both are controlled and manipulated directly and indirectly by the government. When Miller uncovers a conspiracy involving the security services, his rage spirals out of control and he takes the situation into his own hands and embarks on a brutal quest for justice with bloody and devastating consequences.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. (Warning - Spoiler Included!) May 9, 2012
By J3
Format:DVD
Other reviewers pointed out that it is gritty, the character development is good, the acting mediocre, the action realistic, etc. All true. The plot twists are, admittedly, clever. And those are the reasons that I gave it three stars.
Now the downside.
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BTW - if you do want to see a movie along a similar theme, done perfectly and professionally, with the same film-noire atmosphere, the same grey skied semi-nihilistic English settings, see the extremely good Harry Brown, starring the spectacular and subtle Michael Cain.

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OK - bottom line here. Throughout this movie we are introduced to a number of characters. We develop , if you will, a 'relationship' with them as we are expected to do with most movies. But here is the breakdown.
There are two people in the movie whom we really like. the female lead, a frightened yet brave heroine working as a double agent.
And the hero / antihero who wants to do the right thing, and who develops deeper feelings for the female. There is also a young black man who wants only to keep his young charge from getting deeply involved with the gang / drug world in their town.
Every one of the nice people gets killed. Hero gets butllet in chest in final scenes, gasps out last breath while young teenage punk who murders him, sneers.
There are any number of scumbags in the movie , but the two who stand out are a drug / gang boss, and a young punk who just wants to kill someone. They both live and carry on in the drug trade. So - if you don't mind investing your time and emotional energies in people who are all going to be killed, while the killers go their merry way, then go for it. But for me, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected July 16, 2013
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I had never heard of this movie or the actors or anybody else associated with it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the production quality was as high, the acting was great, and the plot was intriguing. The ending was not what I would have preferred, but I always appreciate when movie makers go against the grain when it comes to a typical ending. It is a bold move. Overall I am glad I watched it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

The Veteran tells the story of Robert Miller (Toby Kebbell) an Afghanistan soldier returning home to South London. He finds a rundown neighborhood taken over by gun-toting gangs. Robert can't find work but his skills don't go unnoticed. Jones (Ashley Thomas) a local drug lord offers him a job as part-body guard, part enforcer. Our proud veteran turns him down.
He eventually finds work through an ex-army mate (Tom Brooke) doing undercover surveillance for a couple of questionable government operatives (Tony Curran and Brian Cox).
Robert is supposedly keeping tabs on suspected terrorist cells. He learns, however, he's caught up in a conspiracy where the good guys and the bad guys blur. In order to survive he has to shift back into his role as a soldier but this time the battlefield is at home.
Robert becomes a reluctant anti-hero. The director of The Veteran had two characters in mind when developing the story - Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) and William Munny (The Unforgiven).
One of the underlying stories within The Veteran is a hopeless love story between Robert and Alanya, who is in deep cover, within the conspiracy. He wants to save her from hurt because he's seen innocent women die in Afghanistan who he couldn't protect.
The Veteran is bleak, gritty and a rather hopeless tale, but it's still worth a watch.
The ending reminded me of Gran Torino.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started Well But... September 14, 2012
Format:DVD
This movie had a lot of promise and started well. The main character was well done and believable. The plot was thrilling and smart--not the typical Hollywood car-chase, shoot-em-up adrenaline rush. Having said all that, they ruined everything good about this movie with an unbelievable 9/11 conspiracy theory twist near the end. Not only is the plot twist stupid, it's been done over and over again--the US government and the CIA are behind everything wrong in the world, blah, blah, blah. In this movie, the government conspires to prop up drug dealing and terrorism--wow, that's brilliant. I've got news for you, drug dealing and terrorism are thriving on their own without government help. Most of all I'm just angry at another potentially good movie wasted with a staggeringly foolish storyline. Skip it and save your time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried so valiantly to do everything. October 15, 2013
By Lewis
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The veteran tried to cover all the bases and left you guessing WTF was that supposed to be about? At fist it leads you to believe that it's going to be a vigilante justice movie with the protagonist dealing out PTSD fuled pain to all the thugs in the naborhood. Character introductions to the gang controlled estate initially seem to support this plot. All the ingrediants are there, the friend having a hard time with the gangs complete with troubled little brother and oh let me guess he needs help bring down the big bad leader. The gang leader wants something from the reterning veteran, his skills and knowledge of warfare and is also ready to step in as the antagonist. The old army pal at at the pub that will reluctantly but eventually join the fight and be the hero he wanted to be in the war. Stereotypes are all present and reporting for duty but nobodys home to take roll call, because plot twists without a plot are just nonsensical.

Then the movie switches and trys to dramatically deal with the protagonists stress and pain over the war. brining up a battle that went south presumably involving civilian casualties. Suddenly they drop the first half of the movie and try to go somewhere between "The Siege" and "Killer Elite" in plot and style. With the protagonist running a source like hes been a handler his whole life. After a few brief car rides and short conversations the writers hope you'll just buy an undying love between the veteran and his good looking informant. strong enough love that she would risk her life to rescue the veteran from and encouter that really didnt make any sense other than as an excuse for the woman to be a hero. Then after begining this connection the two arbitrarily deside she needs to go away.
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