on 15 May 2013
This is a very dark movie indeed.
Our "hero" is a saxophonist in a band who witnesses a double murder outside a nightclub he has been playing in. It would appear that he is damaged goods to begin with but his mental state deteriorates as he embarks on a journey across a bleak and troubled Ireland in search of the men responsible, they may be I.R.A. terrorists, they may be gangsters, perhaps both.
This whole movie is almost dreamlike in quality as he travels across a troubled land encountering seemingly hopless characters and emotional isolation.
Neil Jordan's directorial debut is stunning.
on 2 April 2009
I saw this on TV years ago, and it was such a good story; Stephen Rae is Danny, the singer and saxophonist who sees the boss of the hall he's been performing in shot dead, while Danny's been having a little cuddle with a deaf mute girl who has watched his performance. She doesn't hear his warning and is shot by the villains as she comes out of their hiding place. Danny decides to take justice into his own hands. This is way before 'The Crying Game', but similar in feeling, yet it's bleak and tragic like it, only Danny doesn't really find redemption. Stephen Rea is a genius actor. I would compare it with 'Cal' or 'Lamb', they're all in the same vein of how the Troubles have soured the souls of the people. Hankies required, but bit of a puzzling ending methinks
on 8 August 2013
Loved this Movie too. My Favourite Neil Jordan Movie, and my favourite Movie concerning the "Troubles" too. Stephean Rea is excellent, Peerless, as the Man of Peace, a Saxophonist, forced into a violent cycle of revenge. A fantastic, moral, tale, Stunning Sound Track, Beautiful Backdrop and Beautifully Written and acted.