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6.21 h 52 min201518
Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favor the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?
Gerard Johnson
Peter FerdinandoStephen GrahamNeil Maskell
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Elisa LasowskiMyAnna Buring
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3.8 out of 5 stars

129 global ratings

  1. 46% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 10% of reviews have 2 stars
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LONDON NINJA.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
No Danny Dyer!!!
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Meh... I just don't know? Maybe is it the mood I am in
today, or just or the mood of this movie, but I just didn't
dig it. I had a few problems watching this, and these are
reasons why.

The film is set in London, west London to be precise, all
well and good, but the lead character lives in Trellick Tower,
a West London landmark. I am not saying that police don't
live in Trellick Tower, but if they did, they wouldn't work in
their location where they live.

Another thing that they got wrong, was the "Turks". I live
in West London, and live amongst Middle Eastern people,
and when the Cops talk of the Turks, they are actually
KURDS! The Kurdish flag is clearly seen, and not the
Turkish flag. Calling a Kurd Turkish, is like calling a
Welsh person, English! Or worse, calling an Irish person
British!!!... Living here I know the difference, and so
should have the production team.

Also, what got my goat was, I didn't believe the cops, What
I mean by that is, I didn't believe "real" corrupt cops would behave
this way. I know, that is the point, they act like villains and not
police, but there didn't seem to be any "nuance" in their MO, and
the police station didn't look real either. If they used the exterior
of Paddington Green Police Station, that would have given it more
credibility, but it like an old office block they got excess to...

I am not saying this is a bad film, it isn't, but it is a good film with some
flaws in it. I do make a point of buying and watching British crime drama
movies. No matter how bad or good they are, I will give them my time,
with or without Danny Dyer.

I didn't get to the strange ending, (by the middle I lost interest) but having
said all the above, maybe if I was in a different mood, I'd have seen a different
movie... who knows?
11 people found this helpful
Mongy BoswellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A decent film in general, but overcooked in places and poor ending.
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Overall this is a very watchable film with good subject matter, being the dark criminal underworld in London concerned with drugs, prostitution and trafficking.
However, it is let down in several places by being overdone in certain aspects, like the police officer's excessive use of drugs, violence, rampant flagrant corruption, disrespect for their own laws and what is effectively childish and 'laddish' behaviour amongst what are supposed to be senior officers.
Yes, there is corruption in the police in real life etc, but it just needed to be toned down a bit in places to make it more believable.
And the ending could easily have been made into something with very little effort, rather than let the whole film down by being practically nothing !
It's as if the movie's budget had run out to create a decent ending ! LOL :D
2 people found this helpful
dipesh parmarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
A shame the film wasn’t able to transcend the all too familiar conventions of the gritty British gangster genre.
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‘Hyena’ is a British crime film written and directed by Gerard Johnson, where Michael (Peter Ferdinando) heads a ruthless police drugs squad assigned to tackle Balkan drug trafficking in London.

The problem is, Michael and his crew are so mixed up in the various drug-running underworlds that there’s little difference between both sides. They offer protection to drug runners in exchange for a cut. Michael’s boss is happy, since the team generate a regular supply of drugs busts. The crew happily gobble up everything they can lay their hands on, in copious quantities. The chumminess between this tight-knit team is palpable, and one of the best scenes in the film is a hilarious condiment and drug-induced dance-off.

The drugs trade works hand in hand with prostitution and human trafficking, a pitiless void that nobody wants to go anywhere near. Michael takes corruption and sleaziness to another level, but Internal Affairs and his superiors are just as guilty. Everyone is stabbing everyone else in the back with bigger and bigger machetes. Michael is the most morally ambiguous of all the characters, a thoroughly exhausted man pushed and pulled in all directions. His path to redemption is the strongest element of the film, and probably should have been explored much further.

Ferdinando leads the film so well he practically makes it his own with such an intense performance. Johnson has created a confident film, the music from his brother Matt Johnson (The The) is another plus. Its just a shame he wasn’t able to transcend the all too familiar conventions of the gritty British gangster genre.

RatingL 7/10
5 people found this helpful
u lundyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A thriller set in London.
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I thought this was a good film which I watched because I enjoyed Tony by the same director and lead actor. Its a gritty thriller following a corrupt policeman dealing with Turkish and Albanian people smugglers and drug dealers.
The acting is excellent, the style is similar to Kill List (some of the same actors). It is violent and gory . It is not overlong ,approx. 90mins or so. Not as imaginative as Tony but a decent film on Amazon Prime.
3 people found this helpful
WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Damp squib
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A few interesting moments in a gritty tale, but the bent coppers act too much like out and out gangsters. There are too many people double crossing each other so that you lose track of who's siding with who, and the final scene is a deliberate attempt to leave out a resolution to the story and make you invent your own ending just when the film should be hitting its dramatic peak. No thanks.
DadOnHIsOwnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A dark, gritty film ....but completely lacked an ending
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I enjoyed this film - a dark, dangerous drama about foreign criminals and bent cops.
I would have given it 5 stars, but it lacked an ending.
That is, you are left wondering what would happen at the final showdown.
A really strange way to finish a film - its almost as if they ran out of money to complete the film!
AnnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Has some interesting moments.
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Has some interesting moments, nice touches, good locations and is well acted, but for me not a patch on director Gerard Johnson's previous release 'Tony,' (which rightly has become a cult hit, and indeed I must have watched that particular film a dozen times.... most memorable indeed), and as for the ending of Hyena, well, there just isn't one, which is most unsatisfying/frustrating for the viewer.
Still, having said all of that I give Hyena a four star rating - particularly for its atmos.
3 people found this helpful
LSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
not bad
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but the end was incomplete like the production could not bother to end the film properly...
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