Honour | Film review - A home-grown thriller with social-issue grit and heart-clutching suspense

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(Image credit: Neil Davidson)
(Image credit: Neil Davidson)

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.

(Image credit: Neil Davidson)

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.



Jason Best

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.