Cleanskin 2012 movie review. Directed by Hadi Hajaid. Distribution by Warner Bros Pictures. Running time 104 minutes. Certificate 15.


After careful deliberation I have chosen to mention this film from 2012 that is so relevant, especially what happened in the UK in the last few weeks.
A simple film about the security services,chasing down a possible Terrorist cell in London. And before you all start saying oh yeah another film bashing A certain Religion,well it isn't. It is actually a very clever film of two halfs, one shows how the intelligence side works and the other, how a normal young man can be radicalised from a normal family. 
A very English man,with a girlfriend. Not very religious at all, who is targeted at a University by Radical extremists,with mind altering propaganda. It is like a complete brainwashing,of subliminal proportions. And that is the story how a lovely young man can turn into a suspected Terrorist, intent on blowing himself up and killing others. Whilst the cowards who do all the brainwashing sit back and watch. The word Cleanskin refers to an unknown person of interest to the security services. Directed by Hadi Hajaig and written by him also is a fantastic,writer/director to get the balance just right, Sean Bean is excellent as Ewan the undercover agent, tracking this cell. But more plaudits has to go to Abhin Galeya who plays Ash the young man who is radicalised. It stars other classic British Actors such as Charlotte Rampling and James Fox. This film is a very Honest look at both sides of a coin, but the scariest thing is how easily radicalisation can happen in our normal society. It is without doubt a great film,acted brilliantly, a hard watch though, especially what has happened recently. A film that shows how hard the security services work and the battle to keep us safe. 
4/5****

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