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Veteran [Import]

 R (Restricted)   DVD

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Product Details

  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Inception
  • Release Date: April 10 2012
  • ASIN: B006XF2X5Q

Product Description

A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  94 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. (Warning - Spoiler Included!) May 9 2012
By J3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Other reviewers pointed out that it is gritty, the character development is good, the acting mediocre, the action realistic, etc. All true. The plot twists are, admittedly, clever. And those are the reasons that I gave it three stars.
Now the downside.
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BTW - if you do want to see a movie along a similar theme, done perfectly and professionally, with the same film-noire atmosphere, the same grey skied semi-nihilistic English settings, see the extremely good Harry Brown, starring the spectacular and subtle Michael Cain.

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OK - bottom line here. Throughout this movie we are introduced to a number of characters. We develop , if you will, a 'relationship' with them as we are expected to do with most movies. But here is the breakdown.
There are two people in the movie whom we really like. the female lead, a frightened yet brave heroine working as a double agent.
And the hero / antihero who wants to do the right thing, and who develops deeper feelings for the female. There is also a young black man who wants only to keep his young charge from getting deeply involved with the gang / drug world in their town.
Every one of the nice people gets killed. Hero gets butllet in chest in final scenes, gasps out last breath while young teenage punk who murders him, sneers.
There are any number of scumbags in the movie , but the two who stand out are a drug / gang boss, and a young punk who just wants to kill someone. They both live and carry on in the drug trade. So - if you don't mind investing your time and emotional energies in people who are all going to be killed, while the killers go their merry way, then go for it. But for me, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected July 16 2013
By DNB_Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
I had never heard of this movie or the actors or anybody else associated with it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the production quality was as high, the acting was great, and the plot was intriguing. The ending was not what I would have preferred, but I always appreciate when movie makers go against the grain when it comes to a typical ending. It is a bold move. Overall I am glad I watched it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and gritty anti-hero film finally releases in U.S. April 4 2012
By Jim Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

The Veteran tells the story of Robert Miller (Toby Kebbell) an Afghanistan soldier returning home to South London. He finds a rundown neighborhood taken over by gun-toting gangs. Robert can't find work but his skills don't go unnoticed. Jones (Ashley Thomas) a local drug lord offers him a job as part-body guard, part enforcer. Our proud veteran turns him down.
He eventually finds work through an ex-army mate (Tom Brooke) doing undercover surveillance for a couple of questionable government operatives (Tony Curran and Brian Cox).
Robert is supposedly keeping tabs on suspected terrorist cells. He learns, however, he's caught up in a conspiracy where the good guys and the bad guys blur. In order to survive he has to shift back into his role as a soldier but this time the battlefield is at home.
Robert becomes a reluctant anti-hero. The director of The Veteran had two characters in mind when developing the story - Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) and William Munny (The Unforgiven).
One of the underlying stories within The Veteran is a hopeless love story between Robert and Alanya, who is in deep cover, within the conspiracy. He wants to save her from hurt because he's seen innocent women die in Afghanistan who he couldn't protect.
The Veteran is bleak, gritty and a rather hopeless tale, but it's still worth a watch.
The ending reminded me of Gran Torino.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started Well But... Sept. 14 2012
By ironman96 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie had a lot of promise and started well. The main character was well done and believable. The plot was thrilling and smart--not the typical Hollywood car-chase, shoot-em-up adrenaline rush. Having said all that, they ruined everything good about this movie with an unbelievable 9/11 conspiracy theory twist near the end. Not only is the plot twist stupid, it's been done over and over again--the US government and the CIA are behind everything wrong in the world, blah, blah, blah. In this movie, the government conspires to prop up drug dealing and terrorism--wow, that's brilliant. I've got news for you, drug dealing and terrorism are thriving on their own without government help. Most of all I'm just angry at another potentially good movie wasted with a staggeringly foolish storyline. Skip it and save your time.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried so valiantly to do everything. Oct. 15 2013
By Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
The veteran tried to cover all the bases and left you guessing WTF was that supposed to be about? At fist it leads you to believe that it's going to be a vigilante justice movie with the protagonist dealing out PTSD fuled pain to all the thugs in the naborhood. Character introductions to the gang controlled estate initially seem to support this plot. All the ingrediants are there, the friend having a hard time with the gangs complete with troubled little brother and oh let me guess he needs help bring down the big bad leader. The gang leader wants something from the reterning veteran, his skills and knowledge of warfare and is also ready to step in as the antagonist. The old army pal at at the pub that will reluctantly but eventually join the fight and be the hero he wanted to be in the war. Stereotypes are all present and reporting for duty but nobodys home to take roll call, because plot twists without a plot are just nonsensical.

Then the movie switches and trys to dramatically deal with the protagonists stress and pain over the war. brining up a battle that went south presumably involving civilian casualties. Suddenly they drop the first half of the movie and try to go somewhere between "The Siege" and "Killer Elite" in plot and style. With the protagonist running a source like hes been a handler his whole life. After a few brief car rides and short conversations the writers hope you'll just buy an undying love between the veteran and his good looking informant. strong enough love that she would risk her life to rescue the veteran from and encouter that really didnt make any sense other than as an excuse for the woman to be a hero. Then after begining this connection the two arbitrarily deside she needs to go away. The point I'm trying to make is that major plot changing events are decided on the fly with little regard to the audience and not enough build up for any buy in.

Spoilers ... really its not going to ruin it for you, it will probly save you 90 minutes that you will otherwise never get back.

At this piont its my firm belief that the writers relised two things 1. how many loose ends they had left and 2. that they weren't coherent enough to keep their stuff wired tight for the next 15-20 minutes of movie. So they decided to kill everybody. Everybody but the gangleader, crime pays. Really I can't make this up, it's like the writers just watched a bunch of vines and tryed to let each scene be its own deal. Then they end it with some gun violence.

Bottom line as a prime member I guess I watched this for free but I'd rather have the 90 minutes back. Although if you are a prime member just jump to the end watch the last gun fight as a vet myself it's about as close as the movies usualy get. Also, it ends about as well as one lone gun man going up aganst many should he gets shot right in the face!

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