Incendiary 2009

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A woman has to deal with feelings of grief and guilt after her husband and son die in a terrorist attack. A young London mother (Michelle Williams) waves her husband and son goodbye as they head off to see a local football match. As soon as they're gone, she entertains local news reporter Jasper Black (Ewan MacGregor), with whom she's been having an affair. As the two begin making love, a news flash on the television informs them that a suicide bomber has attacked the stadium which her husband and child were attending. In a blind panic, the woman heads for the football ground, where she runs into her late husband's boss, police officer Terence Butcher (Matthew Macfadyen). In the following weeks, as she attempts to put her life back in order, she's introduced to, and befriends, a young boy (Sidney Johnston) whose father was involved in the attack.

Starring:
Nicholas Courtney, Ewan McGregor
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Nicholas Courtney, Ewan McGregor, Enzo Squillino Jr., Matthew MacFadyen, Sasha Behar, Michelle Williams, Michael Thompson, Chris Mansfield, Sidney Johnston, Nicholas Gleaves
Director Sharon Maguire
Genres Drama, Romance, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 2 March 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Mclean on 7 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Firstly, I think the synopsis of Incendiary (before the reviews), where it describes Michelle Williams' character as a 'promiscuous adulteress' is way off the mark. Although she does have an affair, this seems to be something she enters into after much hesitation and is in no way promiscuous. I found those comments in the synopsis a bit harsh and mildly misogynous.

This movie takes a route that's quite different from the book, which (I thought) concentrated more on the erosion of civil liberties by the government and how it manipulates and destroys people's lives, while the film is more about the personal grief of a single person. I found these differences made the original story almost irrelevant to the tale being told in the movie. The story of personal grief told in the film could easily have been accomplished by way of an original screenplay, without adapting the book at all.

Michelle Williams is outstanding in this film, easily the best thing about it. Her accent is very convincing and more that once I got teary watching her performance. The scene where Ewan McGregor's character Jasper visits her in the hospital was particularly moving. McGregor is very good too but I felt his character was sidelined about halfway through and by the end was largely irrelevant.

As for the direction, I thought it at times was too sentimental. For example, the flashbacks of her son on the beach were used far too much. I felt as though I was being clobbered and at one point I said out loud, 'Yes, I get it! Give it a rest!'. I also found the overuse of sentimental music during these scenes irritating. I think this is because I was expecting a different story - ie the one in the book. In the end, the finished film was worthy but not 'incendiary' in the way the book was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grace on 21 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
I thought this film was interpeted extremely well and there was allot of natural chemistry between the actors which makes them particularly adapted to their roles. It's refreshing to see a film that reflects real life and more atune to the magiority of us struggling to make ends meet. It was exquisite to see a real mother loving her child which I saw little of in general in my life.
The film kept me interested and wondering what would happen next. I really loved Michelle Williams character who at first seemed quite a flirt then showed her true colors as a mature woman willing to stand up for what she felt and not take the easy way out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Ramshaw VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
we bought this dvd on a whim and probably due to its cast but we didnt get around to watching it for some time. it was nothing like that we had assumed it would be which was a plus point for definate.

Its well shot, the script is superb and keeps you watching throughtout, you dont wander or get bored and its sudden change part way in is shocking. it is often hard going and very emotional especially if you have children or have been in this situation yourself which im sad to say people have been now but every angle is covered with sensitive care and never once apologises for being harsh or hard to watch. well acted by everyone and some surpising twists in human emotion.
a high quality classy film but dont expect to feel good after. superb and will recommend to all
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bart on 7 Jun. 2009
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A real thriller, if ever I saw one. Characters beautifully cast, scenery well chosen and atmosphere full of suspense. Core of plot is guilt trip by unfaithful wife. Mother and son bonding, search for lost spouse, illicit love affair turning serious and a police officer with a hidden agenda could easily have been ingredients for an excessive adaptation of Chris Cleave's novel. No mediocrocy here! Sharon Maguire managed to direct the above items into a stylish and moving yet introvert film. The overall chemistry between Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor certainly helped things along. I'd recommend this film to anyone who's into 'intelligent action' drama.
Note about the accent spoken in the film: Of course I recognised the Cockney slang. A welcoming change from any American chatter. While English is not my native speech I fully understand British accents, whereas I always need to use subtitles when watching an American film. With EastEnders being my favourite soap, watching Incendiay almost felt 'like home'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By French 1 on 15 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Couldn't disagree more with some of the poor reviews on here regarding this film. Being a student of film and an avid film enthusiast, I thought it was fantastic and a complete success for British film. The acting was flawless, it was gritty, real, sad, frightening, and uplifting. Rarely does a film combine so many genres so effortlessly. If you are a parent, make sure you have tissues at the ready. I love the fact that it isn't so completely structured, like life itself, but that it builds slowly in drama, reaching a truly unforgettable finale. See it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2012
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'Incendiary' is one of the better British films that I've seen in recent years. It is the story of a beautiful young mother (played by Michelle Williams) who has an affair with a journalist (played by Ewan McGregor) and suddenly, her whole life is torn apart when her husband and young son are killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer match. With her life now turned upside down, broken and alone, she tries to deal with her terrible loss and sets out to search for the truth. As you can probably expect, it is a very emotional film and Michelle Williams gives a brilliant performance.

'Incendiary' is definitely worth watching, and really, it is Michelle's acting which is almost reason enough to do so.
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