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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriging movie.
I thought this film was interpeted extremely well and there was allot of natural chemistry between the actors which makes them particularly adapted to their roles. It's refreshing to see a film that reflects real life and more atune to the magiority of us struggling to make ends meet. It was exquisite to see a real mother loving her child which I saw little of in...
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Grace

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, wrong story
Firstly, I think the synopsis of Incendiary (before the reviews), where it describes Michelle Williams' character as a 'promiscuous adulteress' is way off the mark. Although she does have an affair, this seems to be something she enters into after much hesitation and is in no way promiscuous. I found those comments in the synopsis a bit harsh and mildly misogynous...
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by H. Mclean


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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 20 May 2014
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A gripping storyline and great performances from Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. The emotional journey of the young mother through the events of the film is very compelling. A must watch if you like a good character drama.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good watch but a bit too much last 20%, 1 May 2014
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a nice mix or reality, a bit of grit(albeit popular terrorist plot - but i liked the change from it being the tube) - a little too topical hollywood for me but not too much, and counterbalanced with a enough of old school brit movie - with less than perfect characters, and a bit of tears.
michelle williams is brilliant, ewan macgregor is good
was working into a really great film, really getting into it, but it sadly just seems to dwindle a bit in the end, ending in a bit soppy nothing. like someone said out of budget end here, just hold and finish.
what a shame
all that said a nice enough movie and worth a watch, 4stars for the first 70% or so and 3 for the last 20ish, but not 5 stars sadly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incendiary DVD, 4 April 2014
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I agree with many of the critics
Bold ambitious well acted, but somehow didn't pull together Too many questions left unanswered about the main characters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, 12 Jun 2013
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Wonderful film about a terrorist attack on a London football stadium & the after effects it has on the woman who lost her young boy & husband in the terror. As she struggles to come to terms with what has happened she befriends the son of one of the bombers. This helps us see it's not only the victims' families who are affected by these sorts of attacks & there is a young boy on the other side waiting for his father to come home.
Michelle Williams is fantastic & utterly convincing as the mother who loses her beloved son & husband in the terror attack. I felt a real connection to her character & could feel her heart breaking on screen. She's the main draw in this film, & the other characters play bit parts in her life. Her accent was also a nice touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I am a woman built on the wreckage of myself...", 29 Mar 2013
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janebbooks (Jacksonville, FL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Incendiary [DVD] (DVD)
In 2005, Chris Cleave wrote a novel INCENDIARY about a distraught woman who writes a letter to Osama bin Laden after her four-year-old son and her husband are killed in a massive suicide bomb attack at a soccer match in London. The novel won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize, won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction award 2005 and won the Prix Spécial du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007.

Three years later Director Sharon Maguire, in her first movie since 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary, made this film of Cleave's book. Michelle Williams portrays the grieving mother. Ewan McGregor and Matthew MacFadyen star as men who try to console her. (McGregor's character at the time of the bombing was sharing an "afternoon delight" with her on the living room sofa.)

Williams portrayal is masterful as she relives her son's short life in vivid happy snippets. She is not guilt-ridden nor revenge-seeking. She befriends the son of the bomber and his mother not for revenge but in empathy. The photography of the beach scenes of mother and son at play and the imaginery blimp are stunning. And the ending of the movie will haunt you for days.

Generally, the film received poor professional reviews from critics. Apparently a theme of a simple western woman who empathizes with a third world terrorist's family is too strange to grasp. Tom Charity, after viewing the film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, gave it one star out of five and called it an "ambitious/opportunistic effort that misses the mark, from the one-dimensional characters to the craven plotting and sentimental tone."

Time Out gave it two stars out of six, saying "there are so many things wrong with writer-director Sharon Maguire's film... that it's hard to know where to start, but the fatal problem is that this is a film with an 'identity crisis'; the film at times seems like a 'study of guilt and grief' and at other times a 'conspiracy thriller' but ends up being a compendium of bizarre diversions, most of which are utterly surplus to the film's half-cocked desire to stick with the experience and emotions of its main character." The male reviewer for Time Out apparently was bent-out-of shape that an American actress was selected to portray a "nervy young British mother on a London council estate" calling the casting a joke.

Neither of these male film critics considered the film a character study nor noted Michelle Williams' stellar performance. She was in almost every scene!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish from start to finish, 24 Nov 2012
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V. WAGNER "FRENCH FROG" (Biarritz, FRANCE.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Incendiary [DVD] (DVD)
What was the purpose of making this film? What a waste for the actors, less attracting more of what's to come, barbaric acts of terror. Come on Matthew MacFayden, please get together with Keira Knightley before it's too late, both of you should act in a remake of Wuthering Heights as you would be perfect as Catherine and Heathcliff. Joe Wright should be exploiting the fire which exists on the screen with this pair of fine actors. Now THAT would be something worthwhile!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad yet moving drama, 5 Oct 2014
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This was sad but interesting, and as it developed much better than first impressions.
I didn't realise before watching it that it was based on a book, which needless to say I haven't read.

On the whole a good and watchable movie with an ending which took me by surprise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A film you just hope will get better, but never does, 9 Oct 2014
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A film you just hope will get better, but never does. Story is ridiculous, don't waste your time. Ewan is wooded and awful.
Michelle brilliant actress. But who came up with this? What was the point?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incendiary, 8 Feb 2009
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Ok so this isn't the greatest film ever, but definitely worth watching! Michelle Williams and Ewan McGreggor give great performances, but the plot is a little confusing at times. Undeservedly given very limited distribution at the cinema, hopefully more people will see this on DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Nov 2014
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Amazing! The actors are brilliant. Love the accents and love Michelle and Ewan together.
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