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Days Of Grace review

A cop, a hostage, a wife and three stories of survival

Swaggering down mean streets previously occupied by Elite Squad and various Ringo Lam skull-crackers, Everardo Gout’s Mexican crime epic starts with a bracingly stylised snarl and ends in a muddle.

Covering 12 years linked by three footie World Cups, the frantic action subjects idealistic cop Lupo (Tenoch Huerta) to a hell of torture, corruption, drugs, gangsters and overripe dialogue.

Coherence croaks as Gout dishes enough jump-cuts, whip pans and slo-mo assassinations to make Michael Bay look restrained, but the multi-handed mood music offers meaty compensations.

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