Corrupt police square off against London’s underworld in Hyena. Tune in to this Brit-crime-thriller about revenge, betrayal and urban crime to see why IMDb founder, Col Needham included Hyena in his list of top films for 2014.
In the seamy underworld of London cops, everyone plays by their own rules, including drug squad cop and main character, Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando). Ironically, he’s also a cocaine addict who invests £100,000 in a cocaine route being opened by a Turkish gang. Yet his plans quickly go awry when he gets trapped between a ruthless pair of murderous Albanian brothers. What follows is a an endless barrage of carnage, betrayals, back-stabbings, vulgar assaults and some testing violent scenes that are not for the faint-hearted.
Despite the foreboding stench of despair and evil seeping into every corner of this film, there is some lightness, in the form of visually striking cinematography, with its incandescent lighting and neon hues, and synth-laden soundtrack by Matt Johnson of The The.
Together, this really does feel like a home-grown gangster film that taps into modern fears of police corruption and immigration.
“The most powerful homegrown crime flick since ‘Sexy Beast’” – Time Out
“A 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.” – The New York Times
Don’t miss WM Premiere: Hyena, Wednesday 7 December at 8.30pm.