Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Sean Bean
Abhin Galeya
Charlotte Rampling.
Directors
Hadi Hajaig.
Screenwriters
Hadi Hajaig.
Running Time
108 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
You & Me Forever
4 Star Empire Rating
An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker
4 Star Empire Rating
Cupcakes
3 Star Empire Rating
Looking For Light: Jane Bown
3 Star Empire Rating
Exhibition
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Rebel Without A Cause
5 Star Empire Rating
Calvary
5 Star Empire Rating
Wake In Fright
5 Star Empire Rating
Stranger By The Lake
5 Star Empire Rating
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
5 Star Empire Rating

Cleanskin
Aka One Lion


submit to reddit


Plot
Secret service operative Ewan (Bean) is escorting an asset when he's caught in a well-planned assassination attempt that results in the loss of a shipment of Semtex. The hit was orchestrated by Islamic terrorist Ash (Galeya), a young British man with murder in mind.


Review
Cleanskin
Secret serviceman Ewan (Sean Bean) and terrorist Ash (Abhin Galeya) are set on a collision course as shadowy forces put together a series of bomb attacks in London and equally shadowy forces (repped by the likes of Charlotte Rampling and James Fox) frame a response. An action thriller with political footnotes (and flashbacks), this has impressive performances (especially from Peter Polycarpou as a non-stereotype terrorist preacher) and some solid character bytes, but its corridors-of-power conspiracy is less credible somehow than the cock-up theory of terrorism advanced in Four Lions. Writer-director Hadi Hajaig is as ambitious here as in his unusual horror movie Puritan, though Cleanskin is a little too protracted to be suspenseful and see-saws between straight-ahead genre movie business and state-of-the-nation sincerity.


Verdict
A brutal, unsparing thriller, if a little on the long side. Director Hajaig's should be applauded for striving to show a balanced view of the radicalisation process and the campaign against terrorism. Sean Bean should be applauded for kicking several shades of ass.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Cleanskin
Empire Star Rating

RE: Intense and superb!

I enjoyed this movie. Its part action movie, part thriller. I enjoyed the action sequences even if they were brutal, but the flashbacks went on for too long and bored me. HOWEVER - i felt it worked better as an action movie. They really should have stuck to that. It was marketed wrongly there is not much action in this and the main star is not Sean Bean. There is not as much action as hyped instead its really about a young man's journey into terriorism. The film was f... More

Posted by princessa at 16:08, 26 July 2012 | Report This Post


Intense and superb!

This film is amazingly intense and vicious and smart. The two plot lines are of the suicide bomber and his past where an how he was radicalised at university and the current day plot line is that of the secret service agent hunting him brilliantly played by Sean badass Bean. So it cuts back and forth between the two characters. So it's not entirely wham bam action but thats why I liked it. It shows why these loony terrorists turn and you see the gradual transformation of a young British born... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by ChowDown at 15:52, 08 May 2012 | Report This Post


Worst film of the year. Avoid.

i absolutely HATED this horrible film. Save yourself the bother of walking out by not walking in. Aside from the smoking fetish that the director clearly has, all of the characters are annoying to the point that you want them all to die to end this preaching, racist, human centipede 2 of a film. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by mocfilms at 22:15, 11 March 2012 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)