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Complicity (2000)

Cameron Colley is a young Scottish journalist, with an interest in exposing the wrongs committed by the rich and powerful. Life is comfortable enough but uneventful, until someone starts ... See full summary »


Gavin Millar


Iain Banks (novel), Bryan Elsley

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Cameron Colley
Brian Cox ... Inspector McDunn
Keeley Hawes ... Yvonne
Paul Higgins ... Andy
Jason Hetherington Jason Hetherington ... William
Bill Paterson ... Wallace Byatt
Samuel West ... Neil
Laura Ellis Laura Ellis ... McCormack's mistress
Alan Sinclair Alan Sinclair ... Sir Toby McCormack
Alex Norton ... Kenny Garnet
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ... Josephine Boyle
Paul Young Paul Young ... Frank
Katy Hale Katy Hale ... Librarian
Alex Purves Alex Purves ... Persimmon
Rachael Stirling ... Claire


Cameron Colley is a young Scottish journalist, with an interest in exposing the wrongs committed by the rich and powerful. Life is comfortable enough but uneventful, until someone starts murdering the people in his articles in gruesome ways based on their misdeeds. All the evidence points to Cameron, but is he guilty? Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 2000 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Retribution See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Iain Banks had written the novel as a "rant against Thatcherism". See more »


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Written by Peter Vuckovic
Performed by 3 Colours Red
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overlooked thriller satisfies on a number of levels
5 May 2008 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

In Japan, this film is given the title Psycho 2001. The cover of the DVD shows a writhing figure in a bloody bathtub, apparently boiling in a stew of guts and organs after ritual disembowelment.

No such scene exists in the film. This title and cover seem to be one more chapter in the harsh treatment this film has suffered at the hands of distributors.

And it is undeserved treatment. This is a classy thriller, Johnny Lee Millar giving his trademark performance in moral ambiguity as a clapped-out journalist looking to break a huge scoop on government conspiracy. As he digs deeper, he finds the story becoming less about the wicked ways of the world, and more about the murky secrets of his own past.

The Highland locations are well used in sweeping helicopter shots, the pacing swift as journo Cameron moves through a sea of bodies, a mysterious Deep Throat figure keeping him one step behind the bad guy(s). Brian Cox is as solid as ever, rehearsing his bad-ass law enforcer routine before Bourne. Millar stands up to a demanding role, especially in the final third when all his chickens come home to roost, and regret, anguish, atonement, cynicism and hope are all required to be shown.

Complicity appears to have been overlooked by most theatres, distributors, award-givers and reviewers. A shame really, much worse British films have travelled abroad in recent years. Complicity is fraught, character-driven, quirky, kinky and pays off at the end. Well worth checking out.

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