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Villain (2020)



Critic Consensus: Much like its taciturn hero, Villain isn't particularly flashy or creative about getting the job done, but it's still undeniably effective.

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After 10 years, Eddie Franks (Craig Fairbrass) is out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but his drug-mule brother Sean (George Russo) has other ideas. Rival gangster brothers Roy and Johnny Garret (Robert Glenister and Tomi May) are demanding Sean repay his debt to them, causing Eddie to get tangled in the crossfire, ending up using his life savings and calling in favors with mobster friends to try and help. Following a dramatic coup at the family pub, events spiral out of control in the ultimate fight for survival. With a powerful performance from Fairbrass, VILLAIN is a gritty British thriller which depicts a dark, criminal underworld.

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Craig Fairbrass
as Eddie Franks
George Russo
as Sean Franks
Tomi May
as Johnny Garret
Robert Glenister
as Roy Garret
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Nobody in this movie has a complex inner emotional life, so it's not surprising that the movie's ending is ridiculous.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Brisk yet flavorful, gritty even when stylish, its occasional plot-logic leap smoothed over by a tone that deftly balances a resigned good humor with violent threat...

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Any movie containing the line "You need to grab that hacksaw and start on his legs" is already halfway to winning me over, and Philip Barantini's "Villain" does not disappoint.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Standard genre material brought to life by a quietly compelling performance.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

A muted Fairbrass does some good on-camera brooding, but the character and the film never feel like more than a paper-thin pose.

March 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

But Villain feels like twenty-first-century London: racially diverse, divided along class and privilege lines, scared of the young, scared of getting old.

March 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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