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on 22 May 2012
Brilliant performances from some of the UK's finest - Shaun Evans particularly, troubled by his recent past. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that this is as much about the distant past and childhood relationships - and how what went before stays with us and shapes what we become. Worth investigating for the personal tensions that exist from almost the opening scene, for clever use of dream imagery and for the energy, both positive and negative in the relationships between the three key characters.
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on 21 April 2012
'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.
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on 2 October 2015
A waste of 81 minutes of your time. Looks and sounds like a media studies class group effort and a huge waste of the acting talents deployed - who all do a lot with the rubbish script they have to fumble through and rise above. Sound and focus pull is abysmal, and there is neither plot nor character development. What is most frustrating is that there is the germ of something good there and it is wasted; big personal and emotional issues are raised and then backed away from, depth is started then abandoned as if a bit too scary to touch, Shame.
Cumberbatch is mesmerising in anything he does, and this is worth a viewing, but no more. On the other hand, if you feel lingering unfocussed shots of cobwebs in church windows, washing flapping on lines and assymettrical views of fields are all Deeply Meaningful, then this is a film for you. I know this countryside and this landscape, and this film just does not work.Sorry.
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on 28 July 2013
A brilliant DVD at a reasonable price, easy simple transaction, arrived very quickly and would completely recommend. A wonderful film that I would completely recommend everyone to watch, some brilliant acting from all the cast, a really wonderful story with plenty of twists and turns.
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on 9 June 2012
The movie itself was very fine - tense and at moments heartbreaking - and the whole cast gave a great performance. The DVD is not that great, though, as the music and sound effects make the conversation hard to follow. Also, the lack of subtitles is a great minus.
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'Wreckers' is a film that starts gently with a pleasant scene of a happy family. What we don't know is where this film is going. And, it takes some twists and turns before we get a feel for what is exactly happening.

Dawn, played by Claire Foy, a beautiful young woman with mesmerizing eyes, and her husband, David, played by Benedict Cumberbatch have moved back to his childhood village in England. They are both teachers, David teaches disabled students and Claire a regular young class. They have purchased an old broken down house, to repair. In the meantime they live in a mess of peeling wall paper. It appears they have running water and electricity. They have chickens and a dog who must be looked after constantly, so that he does not get in the chicken coop. And, they are visiting a specialist to discover why they have not become pregnant.

On a bright summer's day, Claire comes home to find her brother-in-law, Nick, played by Shaun Evans, on the roof having climbed a ladder to look around. Right away, we feel a foreboding of things to come. Nick is on leave from Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD, and no one has any notice he will be visiting. We feel the tense atmosphere, something is not right with David and Nick's relationship. A sexual tension is also present, and at a pub with friends, we learn Nick and the wife of a friend had a thing going on. The PTSD becomes more pronounced, Claire learns a secret her husband is keeping from her. It all comes to a head, and this strange but well acted film comes to a sudden close.

Benedict Cumberbatch is such a superb actor, and he takes over this film. Claire Foy as the unsettled wife, demure, sexy and well intentioned, is perfection in this role. This must have been a film that never took off. I have not heard of it, but the name Benedict Cumberbatch drew me in. Strange but moving film.

Recommended. prisrob 11-03-13
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on 17 October 2015
Precise casting, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shaun Evans work well together as brothers David and Nick, it is easy to feel the brotherly warmth, love, rivalry and the animosity that perpetuates between them. Claire Foy is also formidable as David’s wife (Dawn).

This is a complex film working on a psychological, mental health level. Nick (Shaun Evans) has his problems and from the start they stir up concern for Dawn who has Nick forced upon her new marriage to David (Benedict Cumberbatch) when Nick turns up at their rambling old cottage in the country. Nick’s disturbed behaviour soon becomes apparent. David and Dawn are unable to have children, David blames Dawn behind her back, whilst he is the one with the problems, she eventually conceives but he is not the father even though he believes he is. There are entanglements all over the place and a severe deficit of loyalty pervades in this intimate village, leaving the viewer never knowing what is going to happen next and when Nick suddenly has sex with one of his old (married) friends against a tree whilst taking a country stroll with Dawn, one wonders just is going happen.

Only 81 minutes running time but holds the attention and worth watching.
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on 29 March 2014
Potentially a great film. Shame about the end. Not sure about the title either. However, very atmospheric. Good convincing cast.
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A beautifully acted, conceived, written and directed low budget film. No it's not for everyone perhaps but I was moved, intrigued and delighted in equal measure.... The Director hopefully will go on to many more productions where her sensitive approach to complex emotional issues may be seen once more... Congratulations to all concerned. But as I say - it's not for everyone.....
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on 25 December 2012
I was recommended to watch this film by a friend who was particularly impressed by the cinematography and how it manages to catch the atmosphere of the Cambridgeshire Fens; the openness and calm on the one hand, but also the way that visual austerity can reflect back one's thoughts directly, offering no comfort or solace.

It's the unforgiving backdrop to a moment in the characters' lives where the feelings which have lain beneath the surface for so many years are to be exposed. The deceptively tranquil surface of everyday life - choir rehearsals, picnics and evenings at the local - are just that, a surface, with the fragility of glass. For the passions and feelings which the film examines are ones which are so powerful as to be beyond control, their eruption having the potential to wreck lives.

The performances are mesmerising, and one is drawn in so gradually but so completely as, just in a Vermeer, the smallest incident becomes significant. The dialogue is at times almost imperceptible, the music so integrated as to be unnoticeable, but the depths of despair are apparent in the characters' eyes as the film builds inexorably towards its climax.

There are of course no answers, and just as real life moves on we are left with a feeling of quiet acceptance as the film turns full circle, ending as it had begun.
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