Outcast Movie Review

0
0
Subscribe James Nesbitt
Creepy and atmospheric, this low-budget thriller works primarily because it never over-explains its twisty, grisly premise. And strong performances from the cast manage to emerge despite an extremely murky visual style.

Mary (Dickie) has fled Ireland with her 15-year-old son Fergal (Bruton) and settled in a squalid Edinburgh housing estate, where she immediately starts scrawling protection spells on the walls in her own blood. And there's good reason, as the shady Cathal (Nesbitt) is hot on her trail, travelling with his brother Liam (McMenamin) under orders to "kill the boy". Despite this, Fergal tries to be a normal teen and spark a romance with his new neighbour Petronella (Stanbridge). But there's a beast on the loose and, quite literally, hell to pay.

The supernatural elements of this story are cleverly underplayed by the McCarthy brothers' script. They keep the film earthy and gritty, and also rather yucky as things get increasingly violent. By shooting mainly in very deep shadows, scenes are swamped in blackness (or sometimes bleached in sunlight). We can only see glimmers of people in the gloom, their sweaty skin glistening in what looks like candle-light. It's somewhat annoying not to be able to see things more clearly, but this approach does contribute to a seriously unsettling tone that keeps us on edge.

It also helps that the narrative is fairly simple, unencumbered by rambling exposition or distracting subplots. This allows us to get fully consumed by the situation, so we begin to worry along with Mary about Fergal's fate. On the other hand, it's not too difficult to predict where the film is heading, although some scenes do catch us off guard. And the cast members all give fully vested performances.

The McCarthys inventively use their actors to help crank up the tension while keeping things both scary and emotional. They also indulge in some gothic horror nastiness. In the end, the film's lack of real subtext keeps it from becoming a classic. Even Fergal's more-tortured-than-usual teen angst never quite boils over into something unexpected. Although his mother's warning to "stay away from girls" starts to feel unexpectedly sinister.

Cast & Crew

Director : Colm McCarthy

Producer : Eddie Dick, Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell

Starring : , , Niall Bruton, , Hanna Stanbridge, Josh Whitelaw, , ,

0
0
Subscribe James Nesbitt

Comments

Outcast Rating

" OK "

Rating: 18, 2010

Advertisement

More James Nesbitt

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and...

Babylon Hits Channel 4 - Has The Danny Boyle Comedy/Drama Impressed?

Danny Boyles name is enough to get people up and interested in a new project, so when his new TV series, Babylon – on Channel...

"Metro Manila", Lindsay Duncan And James McAvoy - The Big Winners Of The British Independent Film Awards 2013

This year’s British Independent Film Awards honored world-renowned Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as small, independent productions and rising stars, from James McAvoy and...

Advertisement

Can 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Succeed Where It's Predecessor Failed? Review Round-Up

Having narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants and an innumeral amount of orcs, Bilbo Baggins, still in the company...

'Philomena' Actors Shortlisted For British Independent Film Awards

Philomena has been released in UK cinemas and is proving to be one of the British film events of the year as critics flock to...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants and countless orcs alongside his faithful wizard partner Gandalf and...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and their company thirteen dwarves have managed to leave the Misty Mountains almost unscathed after a series of death-defying encounters with trolls,...

Advertisement