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Villain (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Villain, for the most part, avoids the usual low-budget British gangster tropes (it doesn’t star Terry Stone or have the word ‘Cunt’ every second for a start) and instead delivers a more measured, mature and interesting take on this very well trodden genre.  Key to this is the central performance of Craig Fairbrass, an actor whose been doing this kinda thing now since the early 90’s. Fairbrass tones it down from his usual in your face persona and manages to be totally believable as a bad guy trying to go good.   In fact it reminds you that away from the direct to video stuff he’s usually involved in, with the right material he can be a very good actor.  Yes Villain is violent. Yes Villain can be sweary. But it’s far better than you expect it to be.

Best Bit: Fairbrass is excellent

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Rise Of The Footsoldier, Rollin’ with the Nines, The Business

7 out of 10 stars




Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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