A disaffected soldier, Richard, returns to his northern home town and full of anger goes in search of a gang of local drug-dealers and takers who exploited and abused his retarded brother Anthony. He tracks down the gang members one by one, instilling fear into them and taking his revenge.
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This movie is one of the best I've seen in recent years. The harrowing yet understated tone and feel of the movie, the terrifying and tragic turn by Considine, the awesome acting by Kebbell, the inspired soundtrack choices, the gritty and realistic setting. In my book this movie can do no wrong! A true five star experience.
Another film that walks the line between revenge and carnage, and begs the audience to consider whether Richard is any better than the torturers of his brother. The black and white aesthetic of the "remembered" events was weak, but otherwise it looked great. Gorgeous landscapes and unsavoury characters in every scene, with Paddy Considine as an absolutely menacing vigilante.
Death Wish meets What's Eating Gilbert Grape meets Trainspotting meets The Sixth Sense. I think there's some Toad the Wet Sprocket and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in there too.
And yet it somehow manages to still fail.
But at least the British middle class can still rely on the military's instinct to throw itself on the sword before things get so bad that the wife and kids miss low tea.
3.8 stars. I'll level straight. I haven't watched this for years. However, I am still confident in the high rating because 1.) I've used illustrative clips in my film classes & even those 5 minute fragments contain remarkable punch. 2.) I left the cinema physically shaking. My hands were spasming. I had The Fear in me. Christ, it was emptying. Very hard watch if you've loved & lost someone w/ learning disabilities.