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HyenaMichael is a ruthless undercover coptargeting London's most violent drug traffickers. He and his team aren't above taking their cut from the criminals they're charged with taking on -but when he's threatened with exposure, he's forced to rapidly shift his loyalties and sell out his allies in order to stay alive. Gerard Johnson's ultraviolent thriller - part Nicolas Winding Refn, part Abel Ferrara,and featuring a propulsive score by British new wave legends The The - is a brutal, neon-colored portrait of a man far beyond salvation.
Actors of "Hyena"
Directors of "Hyena"Gerard Johnson
Creators of "Hyena"Gerard Johnson
Critic Reviews of "Hyena"GrantlandMay 13, 2015
By the end, as the camera lingers on Peter Ferdinando's phlegmy, leaking face, Hyena has done something uncommon: It has frightened you.Village VoiceMay 01, 2015
Hyena's convoluted tale is given a fresh coat of grime by Johnson's direction, which favors handheld cinematography -- often tracking its protagonists from behind -- that gives the action a pseudo-vérité ruggedness.RogerEbert.comMay 01, 2015
I suspect that anyone who actually makes it to the bitter end will be enraged by what it does and does not contain.Los Angeles TimesApril 30, 2015
"Hyena" feels like a throwback to the tough-as-nails British gangster flicks of the 1970s.New York TimesApril 30, 2015
The kind of gory British policier from which you come away with the queasy feeling that the world is essentially a butcher shop ruled by greed, murder, cruelty and lust.Chicago ReaderApril 30, 2015
Johnson aspires to make Hyena into the stuff of classical tragedy, yet he telegraphs Michael's inward transformation way too soon.The Film StageFebruary 22, 2016
[This] drama is a much more bleak, much more angry, much more dirty, and surprisingly more violent film than most of its antisocial fraternity usually ever aspire to.StarburstFebruary 03, 2016
A vision of a societal underbelly rife with moral ambiguity, unflinching violence and a bunch of people you certainly wouldn't invite over for tea...GQ Magazine [UK]August 17, 2015
Johnson has created a successfully gritty Brit flick in the mould of Sexy Beast with the over-saturated neon visuals of TV's Red Riding and Drive.Consequence of SoundMay 12, 2015
Moral platitudes aside, Hyena is an interesting and frequently intense look at a bunch of seedy guys doing seedy things until real-life consequences show up to bite them in the arse.Under the RadarMay 08, 2015
[Hyena] isn't afraid to get its hands dirty, and neither are any of its characters.
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