'Wreckers' is a film that stays with you long after the credits have rolled; a film you have to watch more than once; a film that leaves you concerned for the characters, in their fictitious futures. The three lead actors, each well known in their own right for other roles, inhabit their characters so completely as to become unrecognisable as themselves.
Claire Foy is the innocent bystander who finds herself caught up in the filial tension between her husband and brother in law; Shaun Evans is the vulnerable man/boy, damaged by his childhood and traumatised by his experiences as a soldier on active service; Benedict Cumberbatch is the loving husband and caring professional but with a darker side to his character, a menace that lurks beneath the surface, burns through his eyes and occasionally explodes in sudden bursts of extreme violence.
The film is beautifully shot in muted shades, at superb locations, creating an atmosphere of rural decline. The soundtrack is sometimes muffled, making conversations indistinct, adding to the increasing sense of unease. If this is the director D R Hood's debut, one can but feel there is lots more to come.