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Wreckers, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, screens on BBC1 today (11.15pm)
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Wreckers, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be screened on BBC1 today (Wednesday 3 October) at 11.15pm.

Cut and pasted from the Artificial Eye website:

A married couple (Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy) move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband's brother (Shaun Evans) ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple's relationship.

WRECKERS is an evocative, beautifully shot drama that examines the fragile relationship between truth, intimacy and betrayal. It is the debut film from Director D R Hood.

“Featuring compelling performances from an exceptional cast of young actors, and evocatively filmed in lush fields, eerie churchyards and desolate rural houses, the debut feature from D R Hood is a haunting tale of secrets and lies in the English countryside.”
- Michael Hayden – London Film Festival programmer.

Raks's Review


Photo credit: http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers&images

I saw Wreckers as part of the London Film Festival in 2011. To cut to the chase, I fell in love with the film. The title credits rolled and I immediately wanted to see the film again to take in all the subtleties and the nuances in the acting, the direction, and the film-making generally. It was a truly beautiful and deeply moving film.

This film, like all great films, will obviously mean different things to different people and speak to different people on different levels. For me personally, the focus of the film was the marriage between Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch), and the relationship between the two brothers, David (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nick (Shaun Evans). I also loved a couple of the underyling themes of the film which questioned how much you can ever truly know another person, even if that person is your partner/spouse, and hidden family secrets (skeletons in the closet always interest me!).

I thought that the portrayal of the marriage by both Claire and Benedict was very convincing. The film is a very intimate portrayal of a marriage, up close and personal, told from the point of view of both the people involved in the relationship. You completely identify with both Dawn and David, you feel for them and you care about them, and you get to know their motivations, their aspirations and their associated insecurities. The infidelity in the film is treated very sympathetically and the film also shows the pain that infidelity causes not just to the person being betrayed but also to the person committing the betrayal.

The relationship between the brothers is shown in all its complexity, and the film leaves many questions ambiguous, in that you are never entirely sure whose version of events is the correct one, if there is a "correct" version at all. I loved the way that David was so protective of, and caring towards, his brother Nick, and I loved the realistic and believable manner in which Shaun conveyed post-traumatic stress syndrome for a soldier and mental health issues generally. His pain and trauma was 100% believable, as was David's care, concern and support.


Photo credit: http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers&images

The emotion that Benedict manages to convey in this piece through his eyes and his face, especially his pain in certain situations, is mind blowing. I loved it!

One strong message that I took away from the film, a message that I really believe in, and a message that is very positive and speaks to my heart, is that if you really and truly love someone, you will want to make them happy and you will do anything to make them happy, regardless of the personal cost to yourself and your ego. David does something truly unselfish in this film (very unusual in a man!) to try and ensure that his wife Dawn is happy and fulfilled.

What I will say, off the back of Third Star and Wreckers, is that I much prefer to see Benedict in small independent British films with a real heart and soul, often with a first time Director whose passion is their first film and telling that particular story, rather than in star-studded big budget Hollywood fare.

Highly highly highly recommended.

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I still have my theory as to what happened between the brothers in this, and one of these days when my creative juices allow me I will get around to writing it.

Do you remember what my theory was?

And I think you have way too high an opinion of David in this, he had a dark side, no one is that perfect. Hence my theory.


Yes I do remember what your theory was and I still don't buy it!

I agree David is a darker character than maybe I have portrayed him as here. That said, I don't think he is anywhere near as dark as he would have to be to do what you believe he did!

I can now rewatch this to my heart's content as I have SkyPlussed it so I will watch it again before the end of the year and see if I come over to the dark side!

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