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Grabbers

Directed by Jon Wright

Written by Kevin Lehane

Ireland, 2012

For a movie about aliens, Grabbers feels all-too-familiar. Reaching as far back as Ridley Scott’s Alien, Grabbers is a perfectly serviceable and well-cultivated collection of creature features, but, despite its earnest convictions, it lacks a certain novelty to garner any postmortem traction.

The movie stars Richard Coyle as Ciarán O’Shea, a foul-tempered, alcoholic Irish Garda (think Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, but drunk). With the temporary departure of his usual partner, Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley), a peppy and zealous Garda from Dublin Central, is brought to O’Shea’s humble island to make up the numbers. At first, their antithetical personalities clash, but you won’t be hard pressed to guess what happens by the end.

One day, the two are called in to investigate a strange discovery; dead whales are washing up on the beach with strange lacerations. »

- Justin Li

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