Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Mary and her son Fergal are always on the run, and using magic to keep themselves hidden. They end up in a crappy little place and Fergal begins falling for Petronella, one of his neighbors. Unfortunately Mary has no interest in this relationship. Why is she keeping these two apart?
Is it good movie?
Mary's a protective Mom. She's also a mystic who relies on powerful Celtic magic to keep her son safe. She'll mess you up- she wiped the mind of a social worker who came to visit the house. As for Fergal, he might seem sort of normal but there's more to it than we think. He definitely has a dark side, and when he begins falling for the neighbor this makes things difficult. You see, these two are being hunted by Cathal, a powerful man from a rival clan who's tracking them down.
This movie was great, although somewhat depressing. It paints Edinburgh as a dark and terrible place, where the atmosphere is as bleak as the subject matter. The movie takes itself really seriously and isn't the most fun to watch. James Nesbitt (Cathal) turns in an incredible performance, as does Katie Dickie, the protective mother who takes everything way too far. Niall Bruton and Hannah Stanbridge are also fantastic as the young people who help anchor the movie.
The camerawork and visuals of this film are great and have a voyeuristic feel to them. The whole film seems to a be a study of what and who is good and evil, demonstrating the thin line between the two and leaving it in your hands. I love a movie that makes you think, and this one is vicious and thought provoking to say the least, although you can get a bit lost in the subtext and mythology of it all.
The pacing can be a bit uneven at times (and the tone can suffer from odd shifts as well), with action being interspersed with the love story, and the creature effects are a little disappointing but they get a LOT of points for being PRACTICAL! Hooray! This is a movie that is steeped in atmosphere, and get s a ton of points for being downright creepy and memorable. It will likely remain with you after you watch it.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.84:1 widescreen and looks pretty sharp, although this was a screener copy.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and also sounded pretty good.
Trailers! Trailers for this movie, Ajami and Monsters.
This movie was one with a solid cast, great visuals, a neat set of ideals and spooky folklore. Good practical effects and an interesting story really help round things out.