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The film of 2011.,
This review is from: Tyrannosaur [DVD] (DVD)
Simply put this is the film of 2011. Within the opening minutes the viewer is aware that Joseph (Peter Mullan) is one seriously horrible piece of work. He is a torrent of rage and abuse waiting to explode and it takes little to set him off. Yet beneath all the twisted hatred, exists a man fully aware of his actions and perhaps that is what fuels his angry outbursts. Without a doubt Mullan's performance is stunning as a man at war with himself and everyone around him. Despite his chaotic world of booze and the odd eruption of violence, he has a soft spot which is found by Hannah (Olivia Coleman).
Again, its a powerful performance and Coleman is excellent as the charity shop worker who extends the hand of friendship to the volatile Joseph. As horrible as Joseph may be, he pales in comparison to Hannah's vile husband. Joseph can at least see his faults and doesn't hide behind a facade as a nice guy whilst actually being loathsome. As the film progresses more and more little pieces of Joseph's past become clear but beneath his obvious faults is a man who can feel for those suffering needless abuse.
The film is not for those easily offended by some choice language, this is gritty realism which pulls no punches. There are also a couple of uncomfortable scenes involving cruelty to animals although in one case it may be entirely justified seen through the eyes of Joseph.
All in all this is probably the best film I have seen this year and is incredibly powerful stuff so hats off to Mr Considine and all involved. Rough going but thoroughly captivating.