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"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh O'Conor), the school's most unruly pupil. Dumped into the institution by his abusive mother, Owen is an incorrigible mess who smokes cigarettes, curses, wets his bed, picks fights and has epileptic seizures. Written by
At a glance, the first 2/3 of LAMB appears to be a quiet, thoughtful, interesting character study of a man whose paternal instincts awaken and sweep aside his long held religious convictions. But out of nowhere, an unbelievable scene takes place where the little kid is handed Liam Neeson's much needed life's savings to give away. It rang about as true as if space aliens had landed and vaporized the bundle of money with an atomic ray gun.
The better way to end a thoughtful character study is using the philosophy LESS IS MORE. Unfortunately, the last third of LAMB revolts against the whole notion of quiet contemplation. Brash dramatics and pushing the edge of believability dominates the end.
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