TyrannosaurOctober 7, 2011
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 7.6/10 (4,665 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan
The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.
Kelly (Samuel's Mum)
Post Office Cashier
Woman in Charity Shop
Man in Pub
Release Date: 7 October 2011
Filming Locations: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Opening Weekend: $7,635
(20 November 2011)
(12 February 2012)
Very tough viewing, but worth it
This film is an exceptional, very challenging and thought-provoking
piece of work. Viewing it, as I did, at a morning showing on opening
day, however, is not to be recommended. Having said that, I am not sure
when the optimum time for seeing this film would actually be.
There is a lot of very uncomfortable viewing here. The subject matter –
such as it is – is very bleak, but, paradoxically, more life-affirming
than depressing. That is to say, I looked at the majority of the
characters on screen and thought: please don't let me end up like that.
The plot is thin – that is not meant pejoratively, it's not a
plot-driven film – but the performances of the cast simply roar off the
screen. Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan are fantastic, but then again,
they always are (as an aside, does Marsan not tire of playing
scumbags?), but the real revelation in this film is the performance of
She is perfect in this, absolutely note-perfect; incredible acting.
Awesome in her delivery. So good, in fact, that you forget this is just
a movie. Her performance here is definitely going to propel her into
the upper echelons of British acting – if she is not already there.
Tyrannosaur is not faultless, there are some scenes that linger too
long and others that linger not long enough, but for an early effort
from Considine this promises much for the future. This is Considine's
'Taxi Driver' and I will queue around the block for Considine's
Superb writing and gritty direction; performances better yet and Colman
delivers on every level. Bravo Ms Colman, and bravo to everyone else
associated with the best British film of the decade.