CAST: Hugo Weaving, James Frencheville, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan DIRECTOR: Lance Daly TUESDAY FILM SERIES
One man's ruthless pursuit of justice plays out against the darkest chapter of Irish history in this riveting revenge thriller. In 1847, battle-hardened soldier Feeney (James Frecheville) deserts the British army to return home to Ireland, where he finds his country ravaged beyond recognition by the Great Famine. When he discovers that his mother has died of starvation and his brother has been hanged by the British, something snaps, sending Feeney on a relentless quest to get even with the powers-that-be who have wronged both his family and his country. There is only one man who can stop Feeney's bloody crusade: disgraced British army veteran Hannah (Hugo Weaving), whose own loyalties may be more complex than they appear...
The movie sits in a murky place between appropriately weary historical drama and a more nimble action-Western hybrid, spurred by an outlaw's revengeLeah Pickett, Chicago Reader
While the Great Famine provides the brutal historical backdrop, Lance Daly's gripping film is, at heart, a Western, complete with avenging anti-hero, relentlessly pursuing posse and a couple of cracking shoot-outs.Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Daly crafts his poetic, visually haunting and melancholy yet defiantly triumphant epic as brilliantly adapted classic storytelling, the western. Reinventing the bleak axiom: history is written or rather courageously resurrected - by principled filmmakers.Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio