'Wreckers' is a film that starts gently with a pleasant scene of a happy family. What we don't know is where this film is going. And, it takes some twists and turns before we get a feel for what is exactly happening.
Dawn, played by Claire Foy, a beautiful young woman with mesmerizing eyes, and her husband, David, played by Benedict Cumberbatch have moved back to his childhood village in England. They are both teachers, David teaches disabled students and Claire a regular young class. They have purchased an old broken down house, to repair. In the meantime they live in a mess of peeling wall paper. It appears they have running water and electricity. They have chickens and a dog who must be looked after constantly, so that he does not get in the chicken coop. And, they are visiting a specialist to discover why they have not become pregnant.
On a bright summer's day, Claire comes home to find her brother-in-law, Nick, played by Shaun Evans, on the roof having climbed a ladder to look around. Right away, we feel a foreboding of things to come. Nick is on leave from Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD, and no one has any notice he will be visiting. We feel the tense atmosphere, something is not right with David and Nick's relationship. A sexual tension is also present, and at a pub with friends, we learn Nick and the wife of a friend had a thing going on. The PTSD becomes more pronounced, Claire learns a secret her husband is keeping from her. It all comes to a head, and this strange but well acted film comes to a sudden close.
Benedict Cumberbatch is such a superb actor, and he takes over this film. Claire Foy as the unsettled wife, demure, sexy and well intentioned, is perfection in this role. This must have been a film that never took off. I have not heard of it, but the name Benedict Cumberbatch drew me in. Strange but moving film.
Recommended. prisrob 11-03-13
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