A rigidly conservative British-Pakistani family hires Paddy Considine's ex-con bounty hunter to track down their daughter (Aiysha Hart) as she plans to spurn an arranged marriage and run away with her Punjabi boyfriend (Nikesh Patel) in Honour.
First-time writer-director Shan Khan’s home-grown thriller is the second recent British film to cast an unflinching eye on Muslim honour crimes in the UK. Despite a tricky back-and-forth, flashback-laden narrative, it is far less cinematically bold than 2014’s Catch Me Daddy but does successfully combine social-issue grit with several sequences of heart-clutching suspense.
Certificate 15. Runtime 102 mins. Director Shan Khan
Honour is showing on Sky Movies Premiere at 1.45pm today and is available on DVD from Entertainment One.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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