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Deserter

3

Enigmatic French legionnaire sent out to protect Algiers

Ten years before he bulked up for The Dark Knight Rises, skinny Tom Hardy’s enigmatic French legionnaire Dupont here easily steals the limelight from Paul Fox’s troubled Englishman, as they’re toughened up by callous sergeants and sent out to protect Algiers from suicide bombers.

It’s punchy at 90 minutes, and features enough blazing gunplay to stop it becoming too Sunday-afternoon special. They missed a trick with Hardy, though – he’s only let off the leash in the final stretch. Still, there’s always Bane...

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