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The Veteran (2011)

Brian Cox , Tony Curran , Matthew Hope  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Cox, Tony Curran, Toby Kebbell
  • Directors: Matthew Hope
  • Format: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006XF2X5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,433 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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6 of 7 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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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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4 of 5 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! BLAST! BOOM! July 9, 2012
Format:DVD
The star of this film, Toby Kebbell, does a knock-out job playing a Solider whom just returned home to London from Afghanistan.
He meets up with his best mate, whom was in Afghanistan with him, and the story begins. Twists, deception,drugs,terrorist cells, action galore and a ride of a film.
I won't go into detail for I see other comments have basically given the movie away by telling you scene to scene.
Want to see a great film with an incredible under-rated actor? This is it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie September 24, 2013
Format:DVD
I did not buy into a couple of the background premises, but that is not unusual these days for most movies. The film has a gritty realism to it that is not often seen. It contains a lot of violence and is largely about violence. At one point I thought this might be based on a novel, because I thought the writing was well developed. The plot has a realistic quality and even though not all plot twists were surprises, some of the details of how they were carried out were terrific. It has a more realistic edge to it than popular "war porn" movies like "Hurt Locker". But viewers who are preconditioned by Hollywood formula for happy endings, will not enjoy this one. The last three minutes included some details that added to a powerful finish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, realisticly scripted thriller
An awesome, must see. Glad I stumbled upon this hidden gem. Takes a while to get going but a fantastic finish. 5 Stars!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Silver & Black is Back
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average post-combat PSTD flick
I didn't know what to expect.

What I got was beyond unexpected.

I'd watch a beer commercial with Brian "Hannibal Lector" Cox, so that got me into this film,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by H. George
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This is a flawless depiction and the gold standard to compare any other film in this or a related genre to. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Reticuli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance by the Lead
I can't decide whether or not the story told in The Veteran is plausible, but the character played by the lead actor is definitely appealing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by not a natural
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim; intense; and better than expected.
A couple other reviews describe this movie well. Its a "War Vet with an attitude" movie I expected to be a 'C' and was easily an 'A-' just because its done so well. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bryan Lambert
3.0 out of 5 stars THE VETERAN Honorably Discharges His Weapons ... in the City!
One man's RAMBO is another man's TAXI DRIVER. In an era where the amnesiac Jason Bourne has taken the reins from stalwart James Bond, it's no wonder that stories have grown a bit... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Edward Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good and a lot like a "Munich" style revenge movie. This...
"There are over 2,000 terrorists operating in the U.K. alone and that number is increasing daily." Miller's (Kebbell) army enlistment is over and he is not sure of what he wants to... Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Tony Heck
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