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Magnificent one of the greatest movies ever made. An epigraph of the state of the nation today.
on 12 August 2016
This is simply a masterpiece that sums up the state of the UK today as it is. It has the isolation and marginalisation of the main character as its backdrop to the decaying decadence of an old seaside resort. I stayed in Clacton-on-Sea right close to where this was shot, and it feels pretty much like depicted in the film. Indeed, I believe many of the disaffected youth I saw were Robert Carmichaels, lurking in the background. The director really knows how to portray the growing psychosis of Carmichael, which with all the negativity we are seeing now in the UK: random attacks on women, xenophobic attacks on foreigners, the post-Brexit misery and oppression, deceitful and unwise politicians, the everyday despondency and collapse of society, this film summarises it all up so intensely. Even the times when nothing seems to happen and it feels boring, intensifies the depiction of the wasted lives. It is a masterpiece on the same level as Kurosawa or Sergei Eisenstein. It works on so many levels it is hard to know how to praise it enough. I would rate it alongside William Shakespeare in terms of its status in British art and culture. If William Shakespeare were alive today he would be writing films like this. As to the final scenes where the home invasion on the pompous celebrity chef and his American wife occur, I will just say are the most mesmerising scenes ever committed to celluloid. Having seen these kind of scenes for real from my work in the field of justice systems in both the UK and North America, I can assure you this is how it really does play out. Most people will never know the abyss: this film forces you to stare into it, and you may not like what you see or feel, but you will bloody well know you've been there after watching this. Highly recommend.