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May 1–7, 2015

Chicago Premiere

Hyena

Film still: Hyena

 

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"Seedy, unsettling and nightmarish, director Gerard Johnson crafts a suspenseful and anxious journey... its cancerous tenor positions many of its various talents as ones to watch"
  —Indiewire
4 stars
  —Empire
4 stars "Startling, claustrophobic and penetrating in its analysis of the blurred lines involved in doing good"
  —TimeOut London
"Ruthless and arrestingly gritty... as stylish, scorched-earth entertainment, it'll get you in its teeth"
  —Village Voice
"The heightened, sordid sensibility Mr. Johnson creates in the film's opening moments and maintains right up to an ending that is among the more perverse in recent memory"
  —Wall Street Journal
3 stars
  —Chicago Tribune

Moving with ease through London's nightlife, propelled by greed and seizing on any opportunity for grift or graft, vice cop Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando, Starred Up, High Rise) is a feral scavenger in a dirty world, making deals on the side with the criminals he is sworn to bring down.

Director Gerard Johnson's follow-up to his striking 2009 debut Tony takes a rightful place in the ranks of such raw British crime thrillers as Get Carter and The Long Good Friday with its story of an amoral cop who has to extricate himself from a deadly situation of his own making. When Logan is threatened with exposure of his dirty dealings, he is forced to betray his alliance with an established Turkish crime family and side with a pair of ruthless Albanian thugs. Things get even stickier when Logan is targeted by an internal affairs investigator with a grudge, and an old friend of his is assigned to head up a task force charged with busting his new cohorts. As the situation escalates, Logan is forced to rapidly shift his loyalties and sell out his allies as he desperately tries to both stay alive and appear to be committed to his duty of upholding the law. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Directed by Gerard Johnson, United Kingdom, 2014, 112 mins.

Showtimes

  • Fri., May 1 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., May 2 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., May 3 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 4–7 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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