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Hot new talent Joe Cole ignites a masterpiece of explosive intensity in this powerful action suspense thriller. For Tommy Nix, his girlfriend and unborn child were his entire life and his reason for living. That is until one cruel day when they were brutally torn away as the collateral damage for a ruthless gang who pulled off an armed robbery-murder during the chaos of the London riots. As the city swelters and burns around him Tommy is left with nothing but rage inside. Launching a one-man-war against those responsible he will stop at nothing, even incarceration, to deliver his own form of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If 'Offender' has a point to make about the justice system, it fails to land the punch."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Waiting for Britain's answer to A Prophet, or an update of Scum? Keep waiting."
‑ David Cox, Guardian
"A solid revenge thriller in which Cole excels."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"It's the performances that really carry this film. Cole's intense portrayal marks him as one to watch and rapper English Frank also impresses as the prison's posturing, cod Jamaican kingpin Jake."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"An engaging, impressively staged revenge drama with a striking central performance from newcomer Joe Cole and a strong support cast ..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Ron Scalpello's brutal debut about a young offenders' institution hammers its messages home with a sock full of snooker balls."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"The detail is realistic and it's a decent enough genre piece."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A spare script and lean dialogue lend genuine power to the taciturn youngster's unswervable quest for justice, a single-minded obsession that results in some truly bone-crunching violence."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"The way the camera lingers on the lividly bruised and battered faces of his characters, plus the clichéd use of slow motion, epitomise the film's limitations."
‑ Tom Dawson, The List
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