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Ciaran Hinds

Review: 'Hyena'

Review: 'Hyena'

An extraordinarily brutal British police corruption thriller, "Hyena" (now at Facets) prowls around the flats, alleys and dirty doings of the west London drug underworld. The movie's Albanian criminals make the vermin in the "Taken" movies look like the male chorus of "State Fair." Then again, in writer-director Gerard Johnson's film, the cops are scarcely less malignant.

In this world the nobility, such as it is, belongs to stringy-haired, coked-up detective Michael Logan, played with world-weary, bleary-eyed authority by Peter Ferdinando. When we first see Logan and his colleagues conducting a drug bust in a strip club, we don't know which side of the...