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hardman Craig Fairbrass may have roughed up Sylvester Stallone in Hollywood blockbuster
, but since leaving the BBC soap in 2001, he's carved out a career in a wave of tough, home-grown crime flicks produced in the wake of
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
. Here, he flexes his muscles as Alfie, an ageing hitman haunted by his murderous past and heading for a meltdown. It's the last thing you need when you work for a brutal boss like Albert Chapman (a menacing James Cosmo) and bottle it during the torture of your latest victim, because Alfie and family are then on the top of Albert's kill list. A more contemplative offering than the usual geezer gangster fare, it's a solid if lengthy thriller with tense moments, as the increasingly frazzled Alfie heads towards a bloody reckoning with Albert and his sadistic minions. It's not the most original of premises, but Fairbrass proves a rugged presence and Cosmo is a terrifying villain.
A founding member of a secret society of assassins struggles to cope, as memories of his past misdeeds cause panic attacks and his family starts to fall apart. When he breaks down during the torture of a captive, his employers fear he is no longer reliable - and threaten the lives of his wife and daughter. Action thriller, starring Craig Fairbrass and James Cosmo.
Cast & Crew
Emmett J Scanlan
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
15 Jan 2016
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