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Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Abhin Galeya, Tuppence Middleton ... see more see more... , Peter Polycarpou , Michelle Ryan , Michelle Ryan Cleanskin , Tom Burke

Ewan is a Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell, whilst Ash wrestles with his conscience and reflects on his journey to terro... read more read more...rism.

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17 critics

Unrated, 1 hr. 48 min.

Directed by: Hadi Hajaig

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DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012


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  • March 31, 2014
    Cleanskin is an interesting action thriller with some pretty good performances from its cast, and is aided with an engaging storyline and good direction. Cleanskin works well enough to keep you involved in the story, but at times, it does falter and you can see that there aspects... read more of the story that could have been improved upon. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a good action thriller, this one delivers something quite worthwhile for viewers that enjoy the genre, and there are some pretty good performances here as well. Sean Bean delivers yet again a solid performance, and he more than makes up for the film's shortcomings. Like, I said, the film is pretty good for what it tries to accomplish. However, I do that at times, the film's script could have been rewritten a bit to really make the ideas stand out. Cleanskin is a good film, but it does fall short of what it could have been. I felt that some of the ideas could have been better structured in order to make for an even more solid genre film. Nonetheless, there are enough effective elements at work to make this an engaging and worthy viewing experience. I liked the film, even if it fell short at times. Luckily the cast more than made up for the film's lack in truly engaging storytelling. The film has a good story, but like I said, it could have been better. The film is engaging for the post part, but you're left wanting more as well, therefore it's never really that memorable either. Cleanskin has some engaging moments, but it suffers from a script that seems a bit rushed, and disjointed. Despite this, it still is an entertaining film, and if you enjoy the genre, it's worth seeing. However, you'll probably walk away from this one wanting a bit as well.
  • October 30, 2012
    A brutal and hard-boiled thriller. It`s 24 meets Bourne with echoes of M.I 5. A fast and spectacularly furious roller-coaster ride. An intense and dramatic action film that delivers plenty of gun-play, fighting, drama, big thrills and lots of suspense and a great twist. A knockou... read moret. A pure edge of your seat thrill-machine from start to finish. A great story told from two different perspectives and shows the harshness and tension of both wonderfully and has great character development.. A slick and well-crafted movie that gets under your skin and into your head. An adrenaline-charged action-packed ride that kicks all sorts of ass. Sean Bean is riveting, he gives a brilliant and explosive performance that just shows how great he can be. Abin Galeya gives a gritty and excellent performance. It has a strong cast of English stars including the brilliant Charlotte Ramping, Michelle Ryan and Tom Burke.
  • July 7, 2012
    Crap name, great movie. Sean Bean hunting down terrorists. Good action, lots of suspense and a twist.
  • July 10, 2012
    Had no clue this movie would be about Suicide Bombers in UK. It's very similar to V for Vendetta in terms of large-scale picture. Spoiler: government growing terrorists to push anti-privacy agenda and win the election.

    The movie did have a lot of really good fight scenes though... read more. However there are long periods of nothing which is boring. There's drama but the characters don't capture attention and the non-linear timeline of the movie makes it harder to follow than it should be. People look the same across a 6-year span. No good.

Critic Reviews

Leslie Felperin
August 23, 2012
Leslie Felperin, Variety

The ambition is laudable even if the execution isn't as smooth or detailed as it might have been. Full Review

Trevor Johnston
March 6, 2012
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Plodding, somewhat misbegotten, and never slick enough to sweep us along. Full Review

Tara Brady
September 10, 2012
Tara Brady, Irish Times

There's a lovely frisson between Bean and Rampling that makes you think what James Bond and M could be. Full Review

David Aldridge
August 23, 2012
David Aldridge, Radio Times

The film certainly has ambition and there are some memorable fight scenes, but it also lacks the extra oomph that could have done for Bean's action-movie career what Taken did for Liam Neeson's. Full Review

Simon Reynolds
August 23, 2012
Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy

It's perhaps one credibility-straining twist too many for the film, which up until then does a solid job of aping slicker, bigger-budgeted Hollywood thrillers. Full Review

Mark Adams
March 15, 2012
Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]

A slick action drama with a strong cast, including Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Ryan, that delivers in terms of violence, gunplay and conspiracy thrills. Full Review

Philip French
March 11, 2012
Philip French, Observer [UK]

It's a competent, conventional thriller, but there's something suspiciously unbalanced going on here. Full Review

Graham Young
March 9, 2012
Graham Young, Birmingham Mail

As a rather far-fetched work of faction, Cleanskin left me feeling rather grubby about the world that we live in - and not entertained. Full Review

Tim Robey
March 9, 2012
Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

You couldn't ever accuse Hadi Hajaig's film of being one-sided: it has two, both of them stupid. Full Review

Alex Zane
March 8, 2012
Alex Zane, Sun Online

As if we don't have enough gullible folk believing 7/7 and 9/11 conspiracy theories already, this poor thriller comes along to popularise the paranoia. Full Review

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