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3.0
67 Ratings

Hyena

Directed by Gerard Johnson
United Kingdom, 2014
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Good policing doesn’t necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a “good” policeman survive?

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Hyena Directed by Gerard Johnson
Unlike last year’s Filth, Hyena doesn’t come across as if it’s reveling in its characters’ bad behavior. A few dreamy interludes aside, the film’s tone is cool, dispassionate, and matter-of-fact. All that’s missing is a reason to give a damn.
April 30, 2015
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Johnson aspires to make Hyena into the stuff of classical tragedy, yet he telegraphs Michael’s inward transformation way too soon—even when the thuggish cop beats up arrestees or throws a wild drug party, he doesn’t seem that bad. As opposed to Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (a key influence), Hyena never inspires revulsion at corrupt cops or intimates that the antihero is beyond redemption.
April 30, 2015
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The dourness of Johnson’s aesthetic easily curdles into self-seriousness, choking the film of real energy; plot potentialities are rerouted for the purposes of another, more important character being hacked to pieces, revealing that Hyena ultimately has the priorities of a slasher picture as much (if not more) than those of a mystery or character study. But even so, there’s much to savor, including inspired, slow-burning supporting turns from Stephen Graham and Richard Dormer.
April 29, 2015
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