A low-key British crime thriller with it’s cliched, slightly convoluted plot, The Corrupted is nevertheless a dark mood of a piece that looks to London’s property and police corruption, pre and post 2012 Olympic Games.
Normally pretty boy Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Their Finest) is convincing as the tattooed ex-con out for redemption on his release. Only to discover his brother (real-life sibling, Joe Claflin – TV’s Wallander, EastEnders) has fallen foul of local corrupt property developer, Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter). Cue bent and straight cops, politicians, city officials and reporters as money goes missing and exposure looms. And all Claflin wants is to make amends with his estranged wife (Naomi Ackie- Lady Macbeth, Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker) and young son.
It can all get a little violently gruesome as director Ron Scalpello (My Name Is Lenny, Pressure) dwells on brutality – yet, with its excellent ensemble cast, The Corrupted has its moments.