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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.
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.
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.
Also out hero finds himself in a less sophisticated war fought on the streets where young man weaponized by the big guys terrorize their community. If it sounds like peaceful civilian life is doomed, it really is. Our hero learns that all too late.
The acting and character development are simply superb. We care about this hero and the female double agent caught in this terrifying open-ended war.
The most tragic of those developments, which leaves the audience shaken, is the possibility of home-grown children-of-war within the civilized world that we live in. Children who kill without impunity.
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Ok film, decent action, acting was good, good character development, gritty, no over the top special effects, little slow on the start. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Elvus
The first 15 minutes almost turned me away. Then, the story became entertaining.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best UK movies I've watched. I rate
- Best Picture
- Best Script
- Best Actor
- Best Best Best in all