“Why don’t you go f** yourself Tintin?” Keith (Tony Pitts) to Nick Taylor (Richard Dormer)
If it wasn’t for the likes of actors Neil Maskell (UTOPIA) and Stephen Graham (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), this would be the sort of Brit gangster garbage that you could pick up at a petrol station for a couple of quid. Arguably almost fascistic in its treatment of women and foreigners, it is hard to fathom any kind of merit to HYENA. A rarity. For all of AMERICAN SNIPER’s profound flaws, and deeply disturbing propaganda, at least Clint Eastwood can construct a sequence. That cannot be said for writer-director Gerard Johnson. Having your camera trail behind your lead, back of head too often in view, is the purview of the inexperienced filmmaker. Every strand of greasy mulletted protagonist Michael (Peter Ferdinando) should be etched into the mind of the audience by the end.
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