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Complicity [DVD]

Jonny Lee Miller , Brian Cox , Gavin Millar    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • The Story Of A Journalist
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Product details

  • Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Brian Cox, Keeley Hawes, Paul Higgins, Jason Hetherington
  • Directors: Gavin Millar
  • Writers: Bryan Elsley, Iain Banks
  • Producers: Andrew Warren, Julia Palau, Michael Ryan, Neil Dunn, Peter McAleese
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TITO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Cameron Colley (Jonny Lee Miller) is a local journalist who also champions the underdog, exposing corruption wherever he finds it. However, when a serial killer begins targeting many of those exposed by Colley - including an arms dealer and a bent brewery chief - the writer finds himself suspected by friends and police alike of being the murderer. It is now up to him to find and expose the true perpetrator before it is too late.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Try 14 Jan 2011
I have read other reviews of this film and I am somewhere in between the 'for and against' camps. In my opinion the main character was a bit too soft for who and what he is supposed to be, and not enough background on the rest of the main players. We are shown that they were children together but not much regarding their later lives. This was probably due to funding and/or running time restrictions but overall it was a reasonably tight script, well acted. The ending was a little strange and lacked a finality but the dvd is worth a look if you have some spare time one evening.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adaptation of Iain Banks' novel 13 April 2001
By A Customer
This is a top notch adaptation of one of Iain Banks' "dark" novels. Given the graphic nature of some the sex and violence in the novel, which would have been very difficult to present in a film, the makers have kept very true to the spirit of the book.
Several of the cast were in the adaptation of The Crow Road, another Banks novel, and overall the cast is well balanced.
The sound problem experienced by VHS users is much less noticeable with the DVD when using a suitable Dolby Pro-logic TV system.
This is a tight well fashioned drama that is gripping throughout. It is a production of the highest quality, achieved on a tight budget, which will appeal both to fans of Banks' work and to lovers of compelling psychological dramas. As with much of Banks' work, it does not pull its punches. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters, Drawn Out Film 6 July 2013
Long Drawn Out Film, July 5, 2013

'Complicity' may have been a great book, but the film leaves something to be desired, it drags at times. There are great performances by the actors, but the film lost my interest midway. I forced myself to finish viewing the film so I would know what is was all about.

Cameron Colley, played superbly by Jonny Lee Miller, is a journalist for a Caledonian newspaper. He is an anti-hero, using illegal drugs and sleeping with his best friend's wife. Within the story of Cameron's personal life there are a series of murders of well known men of questionable character.

Cameron, looking for a big story, follows leads given to him by a Mr Archer, a man who calls him with clues to these murders. He becomes too involved in the murders and the police start asking questions. Gratuitous sex scenes, so not applicable for anyone under 18.

This was a convoluted and complex film that lost my interest partway through. I am an Iain Banks fan, but somehow missed this particular novel.

Read the book, skip the film. prisrob 07-05-13
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre adaptation of a great novel 3 Nov 2011
By Lendrick VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
While this film version of Iain Banks dark novel is true to the plot of the book it never captures the dark brooding intensity of the book.

Johnny Miller is good as the amoral journalist Cameron Colley but direction is too low key to have the impact the book had. It also struggles to cope with the multi layering of past and present which is central to the novel.

It a shame that such a great book has been turned in to such a mediocre film.

(re posted as for some reason it had popped under a completely different film!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By grayure
I am a long-term fan of Iain Banks's writing, with and without the M. This is an interesting adaptation of the film, not so much because of the novel itself as the definite impression of cold, damp and grey that it gives, which is nevertheless very appropriate for the Scottish setting. It's also interesting to compare with the TV adaptation of 'The Crow Road', mainly because it has many of the same actors in it. It does a good job of illustrating how likely it is that the viewer is involved in something morally suspect, whether sexually, in a personal secret buried in childhood or through paid work, and is also quite a satisfying revenge fantasy. I get the impression that Banks's atheism leaves him with a sense of injustice because he feels people can get away with being evil without any retribution, so whereas it may not be down to us to redress the moral balance quite so graphically, we are all responsible for ensuring that the world becomes a fairer place for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd 12 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A dark story but good viewing. No big stars but some good acting throughout. I would recommend this movie. Four out of five.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Iain Banks tale on screen 29 Jan 2011
If you've seen "Crow Road" then you'll be immediately at home with this dramatisation of another Iain Banks novel as it has similar production values and a few familiar faces. I'm surprised this film is not better known and renowned. It's quirky, watchable and an entertaining 100 minutes of Scottish skulduggery.

The basic plot follows Cameron, a young Edinburgh based newspaper journalist, who is being led on a wild goose chase by an anonymous phone caller who uses a voice box. The sinister edge, though, is that the shady business people he is instructed to investigate keep coming unstuck at the hands of a particularly macabre serial killer. The police therefore take a serious interest in him and he increasingly looks framed as the film progresses.

Those familiar with Scottish TV and film productions will recognise a few faces here such as Bill Paterson, Ford Kiernan (Chewin' the Fat, Still Game) and Alex Norton (Taggart).

Complicity is an interesting tale that's been labelled "18" due to some notorious bedroom antics and the high number of graphic murder scenes.

As for the plot and how it unravels, well, it's worth remembering that Iain Banks studied Psychology at Stirling University so is well aware of the seismic impact that childhood events can have on the psyche of an adult.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy handed
Rather disappointed and plotting goes awry. Gruitous sex which Keeley Hawes (now hitting fame through Line of Duty and Dr Who) must regret. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands up to repeat viewing
Bought due to the promise of a quality cast - gorgeous JLM, a young Keeley Hawes, Bill Patterson - and the author of the original book - Iain Banks. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dezza
2.0 out of 5 stars its ok at best.but a slow burn.
The film seemed to drag,I mean drag on and on,may have been an ok tv drama but a slow burn,where Johnny lee miller is investigating a murder,he is a reporter and is starting to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. T. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Se7en or Tightrope
I was hoping to see something new in this film, this being an adaptation of a well-liked novel (I haven't read it myself) but during the viewing I began to sense that I had seen... Read more
Published 18 months ago by ergoatlantis
3.0 out of 5 stars complicity
Film was ok i was an extra in the film many years ago thats why i bought it.
Published on 23 Feb 2009 by Ms. M. Niven
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame
I think the title of this review sum up my opinion. The complexity of the storyline was lost in this adaptation. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2008 by Dark Star
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult film
I'm not really sure what to make of this film. The first 45 or 50 minutes are fairly unsatisfying. With good story telling you become part of the story; here I found myself... Read more
Published on 30 May 2008 by TKr
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