Taking 90 min of your busy time without knowing the actors' or filmmaker's CV is the type of recklessness most people usually steer clear of. But every once in a while, a film comes along that changes your perception of almost everything. Not only is the screenplay one of the most balanced and mature I remember watching displayed on screen, but it partakes in a kind of precious cinema I often forget it ever existed.
Have not seen any of the previous film of Lenny Abrahamson, or seen Jack Reynor acting before, but having watched 'What Richard Did' I will be looking out for the follow up work of both of them. From the wonderful character description and built up, to the gut wrenching second part of the film, this is a gripping study of a young man's moral code which is challenged on the face of adversity.
The film does well to balance the dissection of the Dublin elite class, with the display of suspect morals for many of the characters. I think the acting is fantastic, even if some of the minor performances are a little bit hammy at times. The visuals are beautiful, the music superlative, and the script is beautifully written, understated and well rounded. The only qualm is that it misses the dark humour of 'garage'.