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The Front Line

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Cast: Eriq Ebouaney,James Frain,Gerard McSorley,Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Director(s): David Gleeson

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Year: 2006

Rating: NR

Security guard Joe Yumba (Eriq Ebouaney) -- a Congolese émigré to Ireland -- turns the tables on a band of bank robbers led by the sadistic Eddie Gilroy (James Frain) in this twisty thriller helmed by David Gleeson. To force the reluctant Joe to assist in a heist, the gang abducts his family, but when shocking secrets about Joe's past begin to surface, Gilroy and his crew discover that they've picked on the wrong guy.

The Front Line is one of the best movies I have seen coming from Irish cinema. Director David Gleeson who also wrote the script has really raised the bar by making a heist film different than any others I have seen. What separates this from other heist films is it's really much more, sure it deals with some nasty criminals forcing one man to help them rob a bank in which he's a security guard at but the film deals with immigration as well and the horrible genocide that goes on in Africa. The story is tense and keeps you at the edge of your seat but it's also a clever and highly intelligent thriller as well. Loose ends you see in the beginning of the film, questions that seem to be avoided at the time are explained later at just the right time. Eriq Ebouaney who plays Joe, a man that has seen the horrors in his homeland and is trying to make a new life for himself is nothing short of amazing here, you can see the past in his eyes and feel his pain. The rest of the cast is just as impressive and you get the feeling that these are real characters and not just actors, the acting is that good. The Front Line gives you a top rate heist thriller and so much more, this is a taut thriller that is gripping and packed with emotion. Own this DVD, you will not be disappointed. The DVD comes with bonus features that include: Cast Profiles,Deleted Scenes and Trailer. Released by BFS Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****