Film Reviews


Yesterday saw the arrival of Shadow Dancer, a film featuring Domhnall Gleeson.

Shadow Dancer 2

The plot, as taken from the official movie website reads…..

When single mother Collette McVeigh is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA plot in London, an MI5 officer offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.

Domhnall plays Connor, one of Collette’s brothers.

Shadow Dancer

It’s a hard hitting drama with a few gut wrenching moments, one in particular with Connor!
It brings home the harsh realities of life in Northern Ireland during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
It’s bleak and depressing. There’s not a lot to smile about with this film.
The acting is solid all round.
When the plot begins to thicken during the last quarter of the film, you find yourself rooting for people you really shouldn’t be rooting for and then there is ‘the twist’.
The last five minutes of this film has a twist I did not see coming!

Overall, a good film that keeps your attention.
You can’t beat a good plot twist!!

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