|Starring:||Brian Cox, Keeley Hawes, Valerie Edmond, Jonny Lee Miller, Andy Gray, Rachael Stirling|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Jun 2000|
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A Scottish seven...only much much better!By Elgin from Worcestershire , 03 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If my memory serves me right then this excellent British (Scottish) film which is both well made, well told, and is also fairly close to the (superb) Iain Banks book on which it is based.
A series of horribly grizzly murders (much of it shown or described) are pinned on a Scottish hack journalist. Flash backs paint a vivid picture of seemingly idyllic childhood..."seemingly". The why's and who's as the film pans out are pleasingly original & shocking.
An excellent score from Colin Towns.
Superb cast list Jonny Lee Miller, the fantastic Brian Cox, beautiful Keeley Hawes (a dead ringer for Keira Knightley? Or is that just me?), and the ever reliable and watchable Bill Paterson.
Makes me wish 'The Wasp factory' film would hurry up (as mythical and endlessly delayed as Douglas Adams' masterpiece HHGTTG...which is nearly finished, so there is hope) and look forward to the Iain M. Banks Sci-fi film in the pipeline.
An excellent film. Recommended if you fancy a Scottish seven...
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Complicated thrillerBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 01 Aug 2013Scottish film made by the same team as The Crow Road and in the same mould. A good plot and brilliant cast but can be a little confusing and I ended up having to watch it twice but it was worth it. The plot is interesting because it appears to be some sort of international conspiracy theory but as the story unfolds it turns out the explanations are much closer to the personal lives of the main characters. Watchable and every bit as good as The Crow Road.
Started off well ...By Katya1 (51 reviews) , 22 Sep 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Don't think the Iain Banks' book can have adapted well into this film. It started off well with the plot and characters building up as you'd expect from a thriller, but it just didn't happen, and I lost interest.
Great acting from Keeley Hawes, in particular, and lovely shots of Scottish landscapes.
Not a film I'll remember for long.
Good filmBy a customer from Manchester , 20 Feb 2011I am not a film and or book critic. I judge a film by whether I thought it had a decent plot, decent acting and no rubbish special effects, all of which applied to this film. I've only ever read one Banks novel and that was weird so I expected a twist in the plot which it delivered.
No Crow RoadBy a customer from London , 06 Dec 2009By same team that did The Crow Road, but rather lifeless and poor casting of lead. Superb book, though!
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Don't blame the BanksBy TheLamentOfTheMissedBus (2 reviews) from Oxford , 04 May 2009Well, a disappointing production of a good novel.
Much of Iain Banks' work is whimsical and with common themese of childhood events unfolding in dramatic ways in early adulthood: the Crow Road is probably the best of these and the BBC production was excellent.
The director has tried to do the same with Complicity, but fails to see the stronger point of the book: Complicity is an ANGRY story. The novel reeks with vengeful, righteous fury. The film touches on this and gets some of the humour right, but misses the main point of the novel.
Plus points: Miller is well cast, as is Hawkes. The potential is there.