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Wreckers 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars (54) IMDb 6.1/10

A married couple (Cumberbatch, Foy) move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband's brother (Evans) ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple's relationship.

Starring:
Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch
Runtime:
1 hour, 21 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Dictynna Hood
Starring Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch
Supporting actors Shaun Evans, Peter McDonald, Sinead Matthews, June Watson, Nicola Green, Georgie Smith, Ruairi Conaghan, Edward Harrison, Harry Marshall, Sophie Brooke, Mark Jackson, St. Albans Chamber Choir, John Gibbons, The Debbie Taylor Band, Judy the Dog
Studio Curzon Artificial Eye
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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'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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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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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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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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By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 April 2014
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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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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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