MOVIE MADNESS #77: CLEANSKIN

Sean Bean is a secret agent with a very unruly demeanor. He is after a suicide bomber and a terrorist cell. He will do anything, stop anyone, torture anyone to get the job done.

The movie, written and directed by Hadi Hajaig, tries to run a comparison between the desperation of Western world to stop terrorism and how innocent citizens get wrapped up in the world of terrorism.

The performance from Abhin Galeya as a man who gets wrapped up in the world and eventually becomes a suicide bomber is really convincing. It is actually the best performance of the piece. Bean’s rough demeanor is legendary and he does it in this film almost as a sleepwalker.

The direction is all over the place. There are some great action sequences involving Bean but for the most part the film is a drama with a heavy story to unfold. The middle portion of the movie is the real trying part. One scene you have amazing direction and the next it’s completely amateur. It’s jarring and unforgiving.

I really wish this film would have been made by Michael Mann. This would have been the perfect script and story matter for him. Oh, what this film could have been.

2.5 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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