Year Released: 2006
Main Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Peter Mullan, Clare-Hope Ashitey
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: November 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD
Gritty and luxurious. Not two word that generally work together but I’m gonna use them here. Clive does a wonderful job of keeping the core together with his slightly naive, slightly intelligent, slightly confident character and the sheer size of the world with the long, single camera scenes is a real treat. If you can, check out the background as each scene contains something extra that helps capture more than the plot really needs but also brings the world behind it to life in a kind of subliminal way. Signs, graffitti, people, colours, buildings. It’s a great example of how putting in the effort pays off.
All the actors are very believable and each creates a 3D life for their part, even if they have only a few seconds on screen so that says volumes for the direction and script. The effects and scene sets are also superbly done with none of them noticeable. Indeed, until you see the ‘making of’ you might not think there was anything at all!
Lots of swearing and violence, none of which appears to me to be superfluous so be warned, this is not a small watch nor a ‘nice’ one but it’s really rewarding.
DVD Extras: cool making of with lots of stuff about how they filmed it. Really good to see although no gag reel as such.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?