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Cleanskin – What a load of crap

CleanskinCleanskin by Hadi Hajaig on Cine+ Premier (CanalSat)
My rating: 2 out of 10 stars

While working undercover as a bodyguard to arms dealer Harry, former-soldier-turned-secret-service-agent Ewan survives a bloody shootout with balaclava-clad Ash, a member of an Islamic terrorist cell who steals Harry’s briefcase full of Semtex explosives and escapes with a minor injury. Ewan’s spymasters, Charlotte McQueen and her boss, Scott Catesby, inform Ewan that he must hunt down the cell members and retrieve the briefcase.

Lately there have been a flurry of movies with Sean Bean in them on various channels on CanalSat. I do like Sean Bean and, in general, I have liked the movies that I have seen with him as an actor in them. Not so with this one. As I said in the title, I think this movie is a load of rubbish. That is not really the fault of Sean Bean though. He is doing his usual good work.

The problem is with the script. The basic story, that an arms dealer should run around with suitcases loaded with Semtex and that robbing them should be a way for Islamist terrorists to procure explosives is quite far-fetched from the start. After the initial action sequences the movie just drags along with long flashbacks and sporadic outbursts of violence. It is downright boring.

Throughout the movie we are constantly feed with long propaganda talks and justifications for why this guy became a terrorist in the first place. In the end Sean Bean does indeed get the bad guy, both the terrorist (one of them at least) and at the same time exposing that the terrorists actually had help from within thus throwing some shit at the British government and the fight against terrorism at the same time.

When watching this movie I could not help but feel that this was just a, mildly concealed, political propaganda movie and that the killing of a few of the terrorists in the end was just to get it to pass as politically correct in the Western world. The only reason I did not give it a one star rating was because of Sean Bean’s performance. I just wish that he had never played in this particular movie.

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