Three young Muslim men are making a bomb in a London flat when they are warned to vacate instantly. Asif (Navin Chowdhry), Shahid (San Shella) and Mushtaq (Alex Caan) bolt out the door moments before the police arrive. When their getaway car is clamped, they are forced to escape on foot from the pursuing police. Cornered they dive into a restaurant on a busy street. As the police wait outside, Asif, Shahid and Mushtaq are now trapped inside. Thinking quickly, Mushtaq decides to hold the restaurant and its clientele hostage as a bargaining chip with the police. The owner, Penelope (Stockard Channing) first thinks this is a simple robbery before learning this is far more sinister. Outside, a police/MI5 operation is underway to release the hostages. In charge of the operation is Sofia Warburton (Juliet Stevenson). Slowly she starts to assemble data from voice samples and fingerprints to try and build up a profile of these hostage takers. She first discovers Shahids background as a working class Birmingham boy from a council estate. The contrast between him and Asif could not be more marked as Asif has a double first from Cambridge and works in his fathers wine warehouse. The last, Mushtaq is the natural leader with a PH.D. in physics. The only connection between the boys is their unswerving devotion to Islam. The greatest fear for the police is the belief that the terrorists are holding Red Mercury, which could unleash untold damage and horror across London. The boys clearly have the knowledge and skills but no-one can tell if they have the material. Now time is even more of the essence. Meanwhile inside the restaurant tension is mounting as the hostages remain under threat of death. However as time goes by and nerves become even more frayed, the barriers between the hostages and their captors begin to come down. Though will this new understanding be enough to save the hostages from their captors, and London itself from the detonation and devastation caused by a dirty bomb?


Dramatic Feature

Runtime 1:49:00

Directed by
Roy Battersby