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Poetic and thoughtful,
This review is from: Resurrection Man [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a poetic, thoughtful and graphic account of religious bigotry, violence and extreme terror in Belfast during the Troubles in the 1970's. Though evidentally based on the notorious and sanguinary activities of the Shankill Butchers at the time, the film has a wider frame of reference and a contemporary relevance which provides us with no pat answers to the perennial question of good and evil - though allusions are made to fascism, repression, male bonding and twisted sexuality. The performances are very good throughout. The glamorous Stuart Townsend plays the lead character - a charismatic psychopath and serial killer, who is, however, manipulated by people with even worse moral and political credentials than he. James Nesbitt, excellent as ever, is the personally flawed investigative reporter whose actions counterpoint and shadow those of the killer and draw him into complicity with the sinister figures he hopes to expose in this City of Shadows. Excellent.