Saturday 22 October 2016

Movie Show movie reviews: Child 44, The Salvation, Glassland

Published 16/04/2015 | 08:14

Paul Whitington of The Independent and Ross O'Neill of Filmfixx join Aoife Kelly to talk about this week's three big releases - Child 44, The Salvation, and Irish film Glassland

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Child 44 boasts an impressive cast led by Tom Hardy with Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman,

The film stars Hardy as a disgraced Soviet secret police agent who's trying to track down a serial child killer in Stalin-era Russia. He is pitted against a "system-wide cover-up" and those who deny crimes can exist in a utopian state.

So, despite a great cast and plot ripe with dramatic potential, unfortunately, Paul feels it doesn't live up to the sum of its parts.

The Salvation is a Danish western starring Mad Mikelson and Eva Green.  Set in 1870s America it features a plot we've seen many times before - a peaceful Danish settler kills his family's murderers which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader.

Whilst it offers little new it does look beautiful.

Finally, Glassland divides opinion between Ross and Paul.  The Irish film directed by Gerard Barrett and starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter tackles the thorny issue of alcohol addiction and it's a gruelling watch.

However, Reynor and Collette have some fantastic scenes together.  While Ross felt it was perhaps a little slow, Paul thought it was a beautiful, well-constructed film.

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