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The Corrupted

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, profane, but entertaining British gangster movie.

Movie R 2020 103 minutes
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Fans of gritty gangster movies will find plenty to enjoy in this fast-paced, action-packed film. Set in a deliberately moody London, The Corrupted has bloody violence, shady deals, dirty police officers, chase scenes, and double-crossing. It has a B-movie charm with an A-list cast -- all of whom are clearly enjoying themselves. Sam Claflin is cast against type but puts in a believable performance as ex-con Liam, who finds himself back in a world he's desperate to escape. The story is dominated by a male presence -- which, when you have the likes of Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker's Naomi Ackie -- seems a waste. But Spall in particular is in fine form as crime lord Clifford Cullen and is ably supported by Noel Clarke and Hugh Bonneville.

The amount of double-crossing that occurs throughout the movie means that eventually it's a surprise when someone doesn't turn out to be corrupt, and some may feel cheated by the film's conclusion. But while not in the same league, The Corrupted is an admiring hat tip to classic British gangster movies such as The Long Good Friday and Get Carter.

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