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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Toby Kebbell
Ashley Thomas
Adi Bielski.
Directors
Matthew Hope.
Screenwriters
Matthew Hope
Adam Tysoe
Robert Henry Craft.
Running Time
TBC minutes

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The Veteran
Toby Kebbell's call of duty


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Plot
An ex-para (Kebbell) returns to the UK from the war in Afghanistan. Trying to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder he enlists with an intelligence service to bring down drug dealers on a violent South London estate. But all is not quite what it seems...


Review
The Veteran
Up-and-coming actor Toby Kebbell, so magnificent as Paddy Considine’s mentally challenged brother in Dead Man’s Shoes, takes centre stage here as a soldier who returns from Afghanistan to find a gang war being fought on the London estate he calls home. Sensing an opportunity for redemption, he becomes obsessed with saving an innocent young girl (Adi Bielski) caught up in the fray. With his second feature, Matthew Hope’s reach exceeds his grasp — but not by much. Kebbell is riveting, while Brian Cox and Bashy bring gravitas and authenticity respectively, and the ending packs a powerful punch. As sink-estate vigilantes go, Harry Brown’s got competition.


Verdict
A powerful, punchy slice urban thriller that shows off Kebbell at his most compelling.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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RE: THREE STARS.....

Watched this last night. Solid thriller with a strong lead performance from Toby Kebbell. I thought it was going to more of a 'Harry Brown' type scenario so was nicely surprised when it cast it's net a bit wider. There are some interesting ideas running through the film, neatly summarised in a conversation between Brian Cox and Kebbell late in the film. However, I felt these themes could have been better explored during the course of the film so there was an opportunity missed there. The p... More

Posted by mackey at 08:09, 24 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: THREE STARS.....

I saw it last night and I have to say I was disappointed. I was expecting a more action orientated film and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was more of a thriller as there's moments of suspense and it builds up quite slowly. Unfortunately it didn't quite come off and it felt a little disjointed towards the end. The film would have moments where things would be tense and you'd have a brief action scene maybe but then it would slow down again. I just felt they could've made a more leaner an... More

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Posted by Emyr Thy King at 18:46, 20 November 2011 | Report This Post


THREE STARS.....

UK SCAR HAS IT RIGHT. THE END SHOOTOUT IS DISAPPOINTING, AND IS LIKE SOMETHIN OUT OF A VIDEO GAME. WHY ARE THE STREETS COMPLETELY EMPTY AMIDST A HAIL OF GUNFIRE?! KEBBELL V GOOD THOUGH...... ... More

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Posted by chrisdagnall at 22:32, 02 October 2011 | Report This Post


DECENT THRILLER DISAPONTING PAY-OFF.

The Veteran has a good story, Toby Kebell comes back from Afghanistan only to realise the place he once called home is overrun with gun-toting youths or as I like to call them, thieving little bastards. Trying to cope with the harsh reality away from the warzone in Afhganistan, Kebell sets out to help an intelligence agency led by Brian Cox, too help the agency Kebell tries to bring about the end of a terrorist cell which is linked to the gangs in his estate, who are also linked to Brian Cox, w... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 20:51, 22 September 2011 | Report This Post


The Veteran: Review

The Veteran is a very good film. It has a great story, the actors did a good performance for their characters and the ending was well done. Theres a great fight scene in the end & a twist which I really liked. My only compliant about this film the movie felt a bit dragged out then it needed to be. A truly enjoyable film with interesting thoughts about reality. I would recommend to go see this film. ... More

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REally enjoyed it.  I agree with the review.  An excellent movie; very powerful.  Good performances expecially from the lead. ... More

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It is an enjoyable film, but could have been a whole lot better in my opinion. ... More

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Posted by nickyoung at 10:29, 21 July 2011 | Report This Post


Kebbell was good. But, who ever did the gun training in the final shootout needs to choose another profession. It completely ruind the entire film for me. He is supposed to be ex parachute regiment. It should/could have been so much better and believable. They got it fairly spot on in Route Irish, what little there is in that film. You're supposed to believe this guy has seen contact in theatre. Moving and shooting like he did in the last 10 minutes of that film would have had him KIA very qu... More

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