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Retribution [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • 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: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056HPB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2001
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2013
Format: DVD
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 By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2011
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 on 7 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Happy Jack on 14 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terence M. Dorrington on 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 By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
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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