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Eran Creevy writes and directs this British gangster thriller set in London's docklands. Ex-con Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) is forced to return to London from his hideout in Iceland when his son gets caught up in a heist gone wrong. His reappearance gives detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) the chance he has long been waiting for to take down his old nemesis. But as their cat-and-mouse game unfolds, the two men end up becoming unlikely allies and working together to expose a deeper and more sinister conspiracy.

Was it good?

In terms of story-lines, this won’t provide any surprises as you will have probably seen it all before and you should also be able to guess the outcome to any plot twists that crop-up well before the film has ended.

Likewise as bad guys go Jacob Sternwood’s character did not really justify his title as he was more of a good guy than a bad one. The remaining supporting actors were OK, but there was no outstanding roles (with the exception of McAvoy who played his part well to be fair) and the predictable nature does drag the film down at times.

On the plus side this British flick, set in London, certainly has a gritty feel to the way it was shot (plus when there was action it was done well) and surprisingly it still kept me entertained for the most part. So it's worth a rental at least!

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