Crime And Punishment details
|Starring:||Kate Ashfield, John Simm, Geraldine James, Ian McDiarmid, Sean McKenzie, Alice Connor, Shaun Dingwall|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Crime And Punishment
|Run time:||3 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||25 Aug 2008|
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Crime & PunishmentBy a customer from Southsea , 30 Dec 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is my Everest: I have set out to read it several times over and find it to be a struggle everytime. So, un-deterred (although, cheating somewhat), I decided to watch this production of it, starring the ever-brilliant John Simm.
I loved it. It captured the grey, bleak, gritty existence of Russia and the Russian people of the time perfectly, and it increases it's frantic rush to a conclusion as the film wears on. John Simm is calmly manic throughout, and delivers an excellent performance of a man who, out of desperation and experimentation, commits a crime and is living with the after effects.
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Brilliant effortBy a customer , 23 Aug 2013There are some novels deemed, by 'common consent', to be next-to-impossible to translate into another art-form, This is a prime example, yet Tony Marchant's adaptation remains faithful to the extreme complexities of both plot and psychology, and produces an intense, moving, funny and profound three hour film. The casting is uniformly excellent, none better than John Simm in the lead of Raskolnikov. He captures both the arrogance and the anxiety wonderfully, always looking the part, always perfectly placed between the highs and lows of his moods. David Haig is perfect as that impossibly conceited nobody Luzhin, and Ian Mcdiarmid defines Porfiry - I will never be able to re-read the novel without his performance in my mind. Interestingly, the saintly Sonya, who in the book often seems long-suffering but unable to effect any positive actions herself, is played with a bit more of a backbone; she is, of course, still Mary Magdalene to Raskolnokiv's Christ, but with a greater snarl on her lips! I'll confess that I approached watching this version with both interest and dread, as 'C&P' is my favourite novel, not just of the 19th century, but of all time. By giving it five stars I think you can tell that I approved of what I saw!
Russian Classic Compromised by Modern EnglishBy Seedyvee (205 reviews) from Grantham , 23 Jul 2013John Simm carries the part of the complex Raskalnikov with unfailing interest and understanding and creates a likeable but fatefully misguided young man. This is a thoroughly Russian novel and its depiction in modern English detracted from its impact and context especially when regional English accents were heard; rather like a traditional Russian meal with supermarket barbeque sauce poured all over.
Not bad, but book is better.By Katya1 (50 reviews) , 16 May 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]I watched this film to remind me of the book - and it did get over some of the bleakness of 19thC Russia for the poor, and the misplaced student idealism of Raskolnikov. Actor who played Sonya was brilliant, but it was a casting mistake to use a Queen's English child actor for one of Katarina's poverty stricken children. However, worth watching, although I can't say I was gripped by it. Book is better ...
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Crime and PunishmentBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 04 Sep 2011Heavy going in places but well worthwhile to watch. If you like costume dramas and the like, you will thoroughly enjoy this film which is as down to earth as films can be.
It would be difficult to explain too much without containing a spoiler, even in part, so let it suffice to say that if you're into this type of drama and you have around three hours to spare, watch it and enjoy.
I will probably buy a copy and put in my library.
Crime & PunishmentBy Bea35 (2 reviews) from Lancashire , 18 Jun 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAn unusual role for John Simm but as usual he is excellent in the part of the troubled Raskalnikov who commits murder 'to see what it is like' then almost goes mad trying to hide it. Well worth a view to see John in a different part from his usual fare.