Up-and-coming actor Toby Kebbell, so magnificent as Paddy Considine’s mentally challenged brother in Dead Man’s Shoes, takes centre stage here as a soldier who returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, to find a gang war being fought on the London estate he calls home. Sensing an opportunity for redemption, he becomes obsessed with saving an innocent young girl (Bielski) caught up in the fray. With his second feature, Hope’s reach exceeds his grasp – but not by much. Kebbell is riveting even when the material flags, Brian Cox and Bashy bring gravitas and gritty authenticity respectively, and the ending packs a powerful punch. As sink-estate vigilantes go, Harry Brown’s got some competition.
The Veteran (Empire review)