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Wreckers, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, out on DVD on Monday
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Wreckers, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is out on DVD on Monday (12 March).

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.

For all the details on the film, follow the link:
http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=wreckers

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. 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.

You can buy the DVD here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wreckers-DVD-Claire-Foy/dp/B006MK25AA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1331255243&sr=1-1

And finally, there are upcoming screenings of "Wreckers" at:

Phoenix Cinema Oxford, 23rd April (with director Q&A)
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Wreckers/

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge , 24th April (with director Q&A), 25th April

Tyneside Cinema – May/June dates TBC

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Have waited a long time to see this, so I hope Amazon send me my DVD pronto!

When it arrives, and once you have seen it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

I seem to be in verbose review mode, so doubt very much that you will have to wait long... :-))

Am having a minor tantrum this morning because Amazon still haven't even despatched my copy of this. Very annoying!

Calm down love! The best things come to those who wait!

Finally, notification of despatch this evening! It's most unlike Amazon not to have pre-orders out in advance of the release date. Don't suppose I'll see this before the end of the week. But yes, I'll appreciate it all the more for having waited... :-))

I am eagerly awaiting my email from Amazon to say that this has been sent to me as well.

Want to see if I still agree with my theory on what happened to Nick.


I must be the only person who has not pre-ordered this!

I have a stack of other DVDs I MUST watch first, and then I am hoping that the price will come down!

In my defence, I saw it twice at the cinema!

Edited at 2012-03-09 03:33 pm (UTC)

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