Well, if ever you want to see a film where the dead person really deserves to die, this is it. For me the most fun in this pitch black comedy were the scenes between Tommy and his (Ex) girlfriend early on in the film. Heavens, I wanted to kill the woman myself! Tommy, who does want to get rid of her, isn't going quite as far as planning a murder. His idea is more that she get out of his flat alive and remain so (both alive and gone). However, an accident happens and alive she is no more. Unfortunately for Tommy, once dead this troublesome female is no less troublesome - and still in his flat. Not intent on going to jail, Tommy decides to bury the body somewhere, then report her missing. Sounds relatively straight forward, but imagine the poor lad's dismay when he finds another body already buried in the spot he has chosen to dispose of his. But hey, if the first body hasn't been found, it must be a decent spot for hiding bodies, right? So body two joins body one.
So far so good. It's all highly entertaining as long as you are good with the very dark humour. But from here on, the laughs become less frequent and the many twists and turns make the story rather convoluted as a dog starts digging in the wrong spot, the identity of body one becomes known, and a detective inspector starts investigating. The cast is rather nice, with Andrew Scott as Tommy and Eamon Owens (best known for his performance in the title role of The Butcher Boy) as his buddy Billy. There are several familiar faces from Irish film and TV, among them Gerard McSorley and Sean McGinley. Is it the best film ever made? No. But it's rather entertaining if you're in the mood for it.
I won't give an exact number of how many people bite the dust, but, for some reason, I expected it to be more. However, that's just my minor gripe. I actually enjoyed this film immensely.
It's about a layabout boyfriend whose girlfriend shouts at him one too many times. A horrific accident later and he's left working out the best way of disposing of a body (and there may be one or two more bodies to follow after that).
Most reviews touch on Danny Boyle's classic `Shallow Grave,' as there are a few comparisons, but Dead Bodies isn't simply Ireland's answer to Boyle's first classic. Also, as others have mentioned the film does start off quite cheeky, almost as if it's trying to set the tone as a comedy. However, the comic feel starts to slowly dwindle as the bodies start to pile up (in not a very big pile). Therefore some people seem to lament the lack of quick-fire humour that the opening half hour displays.
The humour is well-written, so I can understand people missing it. However, if you just let it go and accept that the film ventures into something much darker then you should get something out of it.
It's one for people who like `whodunits' who know who did it from the off.
It's quite a slick enjoyable ride of a film. There are some twists and moments of comedy and it kept me interested throughout. Comparisons have been made with Shallow Grave, if I'm being honest I would say that it lacks some of the quality & drama of Shallow Grave, but it is still worth watching on it's own merits. Not a classic, but it's a decent enough film and is a good evenings entertainment for just a few pounds.
It's worth noting that Amazon lists the film as lasting 58 minutes, whereas the DVD states a running length of 88mins which is much more accurate.
A real bonus here is the DVD extras, where there is the inclusion of a 30 minute subtitled short film about an assasination at a hotel, the mystery unravels & it's a good little story which I enjoyed as much as the main feature. I don't always look at the extra's, but if you buy this DVD it really is worth a look at this one.