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The Veteran (2011)

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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

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Matthew Hope
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Kebbell ... Robert Miller
Adi Bielski ... Alayna Wallace
Tony Curran ... Chris Turner
Ashley Thomas ... Tyrone Jones
Tom Brooke ... Danny Turner
Ivanno Jeremiah ... Fahad Sahal
Brian Cox ... Gerry Langdon
Mem Ferda ... Hakeem
Eboseta Ayemere Eboseta Ayemere ... Ryan Sahal
Brendon Read Brendon Read ... Big Benny
Selva Rasalingam ... Fawwaz Abdullah
Christopher Peter Smith Christopher Peter Smith ... Omar
Conrad Peters ... Khaled
Steve Weston Steve Weston ... Ramush Jashari
Adrian Bouchet ... Chechen 1
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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Veterano See more »

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Budget:

£2,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Langdon mentions "Conolly's Great Game", this is a reference to Arthur Conolly's term that he coined in reference to the struggle between the British and Russian Empires over control of Central Asia. See more »

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[last lines]
Gerry Langdon: The organizing principle of any society is for war. The basic authority of the modern state over its people resides in its war powers. Today it's oil, tomorrow, water. It's what we like to call the GOD business: Guns, Oil, and Drugs. But there is a problem. Our way of life, its over. It's unsustainable and in rapid decline. That's why we implement demand destruction. We continue to make money as the world burns. But for this to work the people have to remain ignorant of the problem ...
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This Film is dedicated in loving memory to Deverok Pritchard (1939-2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ben Medcalf
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Above average DVD actioner
10 September 2011 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Miller (Toby Kebbell) returns home from war to the council estate he lives in, but finds it in the grip of a crime wave, perpetrated by young boys under the influence of local villain Tyrone (Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas.) Struggling to re-adjust to civilian life, he is offered a job by an old army pal to execute a government operation, headed by Gerry (Brian Cox) to take out a terrorist cell. But as he delves deeper into his mission, he finds trust may be a virtue that could cost his life.

One of the excerpts of favourable reviews printed on the back cover of The Veteran (I'm sure it was from Empire Magazine) hails it as 'Harry Brown has some competition.' While it does deal with a man standing up to crime on a troubled estate, this manages to be as much of a sub plot as the part where he takes on the government operation, and while both parts have promise, together they throw the film off course a bit, making things a bit jumbled and incoherent. A shame, since as an action film, it is quite well made, slick and stylish enough and with a tighter, more effective script than you might expect from such an obviously low budget work. Best remembered as the eccentric musical genius from RocknRolla, in the lead role Kebbell melds well into the action hero role, while as the most high profile member of the cast Cox has as much presence as ever, delivering his all even to a more minor role.

This is an ambitious, fairly effective but sadly sort of misguided effort, that does more than you expect but can't quite cover over the cracks. ***


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