This is a dark little movie with excellent central performances from Matthew Macfadyen, Daniel Mays and Eva Birthistle.
It is a slow burner and better suited to a TV movie. But it is a very brooding, tense and atmospheric movie worth watching. The story is slight but that adds to the feeling of claustrophobia that permeates the movie.
Macfadyen is outstanding as the fundamentalist priest determined to do the right thing and out of touch with reality and Mays and Birthistle are equally impressive as the family caught up in all.
A dark little drama perfect for cold winter nights.
Thrilling! An edifying story about the danger of religious fundamentalism, that leads to a dark irreversible family chaos. So actual still! Matthew Macfadyen is absolutely amazing and terrifying, in the role of Gabriel, "the Messenger of God"! What a great actor ! A must-see film!
Matthew Macfadyen is so hypnotic that he actually makes you fear God and think that you yourself are possessed by the Devil! And so 'Middletown' is arguably much more horrifying and disturbing than both 'The Exorcist' and 'The Wicker Man' because of its uncanny believability and evil energy as we the audience become so sutured into the demonic narrative curse making it in fact a far greater film than either 'The Exorcist' and 'The Wicker Man' (simply because it is more terrifying thanks to the first rate script and acting, directing and lighting that are so incredibly good); this is a masterpiece of cinema and definitely worth watching. Of course, we realise at the end, that God is in fact the Devil; the Devil is God!
Watching this film was like waiting for a meal when you are starving and being served up a measly portion of prison slops. The only emotion it stirred in me was anger that I had wasted 80 minutes of my life- voluntarily. Give it a miss.