Again my inner OCD dictates I do this post for the sake of completism. I like my crime fiction and this extends to the times I put the books down and watch a bit of TV.
|The Pledge (2001)|
On the day of his retirement, detective Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) accepts a gift -- an airline ticket to Mexico. But when the body of a murdered eight-year-old girl is discovered in the mountains, Jerry offers his expertise at the crime scene. When an ambitious younger cop wrenches a dubious confession from a simple-minded suspect, the case is closed... but not for Jerry.
A dark film which I think I enjoyed a lot more than my wife. Nicholson is the obsessed former policeman who won't let it go. I'm currently reading the book of the same name from Friedrich Durrenmatt. Originally published in the 50s with a Swiss setting.
|100 Bloody Acres (2012)|
Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their "secret ingredient" to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival.
Not a film I had heard of before. It was airing on terrestrial TV and I took a punt and recorded. A wise decision. It was gross and bloody hilarious. Probably not one for a Sunday afternoon when your Nan is around for some tea. Worth a viewing if you come across it and you have a taste for something a little bit close to the bone.
|Our Children (2012)|
A doctor brings a boy to Belgium and raises him as his own. When the boy reaches adulthood, he gets married and starts his own family -- but he still relies on the doctor. When trouble strikes his family, the dependence turns into domination.
A Belgian-French psychological drama apparently based on a true story. Incredibly sad and heart-breaking. Not one to be discussed flippantly - unchecked post-natal depression with horrific consequences. Not an easy watch.
|Dead Man Down (2013)|
Rising gangland player Victor (Colin Farrell) infiltrates the criminal empire run by Alphonse (Terrence Howard), but his aim is not to accumulate prestige and power. Instead, Victor's mission is to make Alphonse pay for destroying his once-happy life. Victor's machinations have not gone unnoticed; Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), his neighbor, watches and waits. When she uncovers Victor's secret, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of revenge.
Colin Farrell has come a long way since he cut his teeth as a wee lad in Ballykissangel. For a couple of years I thought he was a bit of a tool, but now I enjoy him. I don't rush to watch every film he makes when it comes out, but I'll watch them when they crop up on TV. A bit of a formulaic action-revenge-thriller but hey hoh - there's a lot worse ways of passing a few hours.