Over-reaching British movie fails on many levels
01:48 GMT, 9 March 2012
This over-ambitious British offering tries to spin so many plates in the air that it ends up dropping them all.
First, it tries to be a violent crime thriller about a tough guy (a convincing Sean Bean) tracking down terrorists.
Clearskin is about a secret service agent who goes undercover to find a terrorist
Then, through long and ill-judged flashbacks, it tries to involve us in the politics of a ‘cleanskin’ – a terrorist unknown to the security forces.
This part of the film destroys all momentum and is laboured, cliched and poorly written.
Even less successfully, the film tries to be a conspiracy thriller about a preposterous plot by the British Establishment.
The character who’s most fun is an Islamic cleric bent on revolution, played with enjoyable oiliness by Peter Polycarpou, though I couldn’t help thinking his faith would have demanded more facial hair and less designer stubble.