Monday 19 February 2018

Russell Crowe – he's gonna need a bigger boat

Holy row: Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly star in 'Noah'
Holy row: Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly star in 'Noah'
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

When was the last time you went to a movie and found yourself shocked and horrified?

When was the last time you saw a film that left you so outraged that you had to step outside the cinema and take a deep breath to regain your equilibrium? Off the top of my head, I can't think of any movie of recent times that had that effect on me. But then I spend an inordinate amount of my time watching Japanese exploitation flicks. In fact, the only film I can think of that left me genuinely shocked, stunned and silent was the brilliant but criminally neglected The Grey Zone.

Tim Blake Nelson's 2001 account of an inmate uprising in Auschwitz is notable for many things – not least the sight of Love/Hate's Brían F O'Byrne playing a spectacularly nasty Nazi – but there was nothing in it that could be described as offensive.

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