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Directed by Eran Creevy (Alliance)

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A stylish, entertaining British thriller, hitting all the genre marks without going much beyond. Two big things it's got going for it: The first is the look---director Creevy sexes up London at night for his tale of a cop (James McAvoy, somewhat miscast as dark and intense) desperate to stop a career criminal (the effortlessly cool Mark Strong) who once put a bullet in his knee. The second is a cast bringing lots of texture to the piece; Peter Mullan, Johnny Harris and especially Andrea Riseborough---her work here is better than the material needs it to be. With this and her recent roles in Oblivion and Shadow Dancer, Riseborough is proving herself a versatile performer worth watching.

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