|Starring:||Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans|
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Mar 2012|
Most helpful review
Emerging talentsBy HomerPliance (1 review) , 05 May 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Not a great film but worth watching if you enjoy catching emerging talent. The two leads are familiar from TV, and as far as I know, this is the director's first full-length film.
The performance from Benedict Cumberbatch is surprisingly nuanced - I completely forgot Sherlock! But for me the 'star' is undoubtedly Claire Foy, whose character must navigate between the two brothers-with-a-history. She does this with a performance that stops short of melodrama, giving us instead a sympathetic portrayal of the modern everywoman.
It's set somewhere in provincial England, itself is a refreshing change for a British film, and the cinematography does much to give us a sense of place. The only real weakness is the writing. The film bravely tackles difficult topics but on too many occasions opts for an overcooked, hackneyed, television soap treatment rather than trusting the actors to carry the drama.
In summary, there's much to admire and excite here.
No star qualityBy MagsandRog (2 reviews) , 20 May 2013We were looking forward to watching this but was very disappointed. Great actors but a strange storyline. We watched it to the end but kept wanted to press the eject button as we were getting bored. Think the Eurovision contest might have been more lively!!
Don't bother!By a customer , 13 Dec 2012As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan I was very much looking forward to watching this film. It was hugely disappointing. The film spends its entirety building up to a revelation that by the time it comes I frankly couldn't care less about. It is slow, and has as unfortunately many films do, excused its frankly poor script with 'artful' (or rather pretentious) directing. I am bemused as to why any of these fine actors agreed to do the project in the first place!
Disappointing Family DramaBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 16 Nov 2012Disappointing family drama with dark undertones. Clare Foy is brilliant as always but the story is vague and ill defined with a poor resolution.
A tad boring overall
Cumberbatch is the on good formBy open (376 reviews) , 25 Oct 2012More a one off tv drama than a movie but it does showcase the formiddable Cumberbatch who is destined for bigger things. Foy was wet but Evans was likeable. He is still skirting around the fringes of the big time
Interesting subject matter but slow paced & dull film...By twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 15 Oct 2012Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch) are trying for a baby and renovating their home (both stressful) and are living in the village Cumberbatch grew up in. When
David's younger soldier brother Nick (Shaun Evans) turns up on leave, it becomes apparent to Dawn that both brothers are psychologically damaged by their childhoods and Dawn doesnt know her husband at all. The storyline I found most interesting/shocking is Dawns rape by a villager and how that villager behaves towards her at a BBQ asking her who she is going to f**k next and her reluctance to report the rape to the police. Apart from this, although Cumberbatch and Foy are very talented actors, I found the storyline between the brothers slow bordering on boring.