Tyrannosaur 2011

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Tense drama following the relationship between a self-destructive, alcoholic widower and a Christian charity shop worker. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an aggressive and self-destructive loner who suffers from extreme mood swings and an inability to keep his temper in check. One such lack of control forces him to flee into a charity shop to hide from three youths. Here he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Hannah (Olivia Colman), a volunteer who attempts to calm Joseph and offer him a Christian way out of his troubles. Despite their differences, a relationship develops between the two. However, will the other man in Hannah's life, her husband, James (Eddie Marsan), have something to say about the burgeoning friendship?

Starring:
Lee Rufford, Paul Popplewell
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Lee Rufford, Paul Popplewell, Ned Dennehy, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, Paul Conway, Sally Carman, Olivia Colman, Julia Mallam, Sian Breckin
Director Paddy Considine
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 6 February 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Lee Rufford, Paul Popplewell, Ned Dennehy, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, Paul Conway, Sally Carman, Olivia Colman, Julia Mallam, Sian Breckin
Director Paddy Considine
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 6 February 2012
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a gritty slice of noirish realism from first time director (but a familiar face in front of the camera) Paddy Considine. It tells the story of Jacob (Peter Mullan) a man for whome life has been one long misery, full of violence, alcohol and deprivation. A chance meeting with Hannah (for whome life appears at first to be perfect) might just lift some of the darkness and bring a little light into his life. But as ever, it is going to be a struggle.

This is a story of damaged people trying to find their way through the world. It shows how you shouldn't just take people at face value, and how there can be a lot more going on behind the scenes than you realise. It deals with domestic violence of a variety of shades, and with mental illness. It is not a fun film to watch, but it is very worthwhile and moving.

Impressive performances from the cast, especially Olivia Coleman (hitherto only known to me as a sidekick to Mitchell and Webb), bring Paddy Considine's dark vision to life. Peter Mullan as the moody Jacob is impressive, seeming to burst from the screen when enraged, as though the television is not big enough to hold all of his anger. I felt threatened by his presence at times, even through the separation of the film camera. Olivia Coleman brings strength and dignity to her role as her relationship with Jacob evolves, managing to show how she takes inspiration from his anger and violence to deal with her own problems.

It's tough and gritty, but I felt that these were real people dealing with real problems, and I have to say it was an impressive debut for Considine the director. 5 stars.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By tigerthedog on 9 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
TYRANNOSAUR
(dir. Paddy Considine/91 minutes)

Paddy Considine's directorial debut was the big winner at last week's British Independent Film Awards, picking up trophies for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Film. And rightly so. It's a remarkable film about beasts and monsters that pulls no punches. It's unrelentingly unpleasant; one (graphic) scene towards the beginning drew a collective gasp of horror from the audience in the cinema. It tells the story of `tyrannosaur' Joseph, characteristically played with blistering rage by Peter Mullan. Joseph is a violent, bitter, alcoholic widower, full of anger and pain. He meets Hannah (a stunning performance by Olivia Coleman), an all-round good egg (she's a devout Christian working in a charity shop, what more proof do you need that she's a good person?) who takes Joseph under her wing and helps him on the road to recovery and redemption. It all sounds a bit predictable written down on the page like that, but the execution is far from predictable as Hannah is hiding something equally terrible about her own life. All the performances are standout (Eddie Marsan makes a distinct impression in his limited screen time as Hannah's monstrous husband James). Casting Coleman, primarily known as a comedy actress in Peep Show, Rev and Green Wing among others, was a masterstroke as she's so warm and nice that you just want to give her a hug. She'll break your heart. That's a promise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2012
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This could have so very easily been a clumsy and derivative film with monotone emotional range: it is to the credit of director and cast that it avoids cliche and achieves a subtle emotional range.

The press reviews have been dominated by comparisions to Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, 'Nil By Mouth' and even Edward Bond. All of these elements are present, but the film avoids being a collage of British working-class 'misery' cinema, and manages to be more than the sum of its parts. Oldman's film is perhaps its closest relative in its cunning and knowing manipulation of bleakly comic dialogue.

Attacking the film as a middle class, exploitative depiction of working class life is pointless and counteracts its own criticism: this is a sombre and skilful evocation of brutalised lives, not a documentary on those lives in reality. On the other end of the scale, the film avoids simplistic moralities about redemption and slaps down any notion of the nobility of suffering.

In its knowing artistry, subtle plotting, and powerful characterisation, this film is an disquieting but necessary experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PP Prong on 5 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I sort of knew that if Paddy Considine made a film it would be like this. Hard drinking gamblers and fighters. Tattooed, benefit dependent thugs with baseball bats and weapon dogs. Random racism and calculated GBH. Neglected children bearing witness to adult trails of dysfunction and destruction. Lost souls reaching for lost souls in a land of the soulless. A funeral, a wake, a coming together. There's no doubt this is a good film. Olivia Colman is just beautiful as the cross-wearing, alcoholic charity shop worker; Eddie Marsan is his usual fathomless, weird-headed menace; and Peter Mullan does admirably what the hard man role asks of him. Paddy was never going to have a musical, or a costume drama or a stab at Shakespeare as his directorial debut so should I be surprised that this is what it is? Probably not. Is art, because it supposedly imitates life, a perpetual re-affirmation of a community of stereotypes? Possibly. And although there's nothing wrong with drawing truth from what you know I could have done with some more shade and colour in the narrative and a little less immersion in the world of the depressed underclass. If that meant an extra fifteen minutes on the length it would have been worth it as I thought the film was a bit too short.

`Tyrannosaur' might bear comparison with Samantha Morton's 2009 directorial debut 'Unloved'. In some ways their directors' biogs are similar - an East Midlands origin, falling into acting through non-traditional routes, working class upbringings - but whereas Moreton's film about a little girl's experience growing up in care is both bleak and beautiful Considine's is just bleak. Despite the stylistic - and gender - differences both films seem to go to similar places; buy both and view them as a pair.
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