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Paul J. Lombardi
From cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man; Sid and Nancy) comes this modernised adaptation of Thomas Middleton's celebrated play from 1607. It tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered on their wedding day and his desire to exact revenge on the murderer. Set in a post-apocalyptic Liverpool of the future, Vindici (Christopher Eccleston - Let Him have It; Elizabeth; 28 Days Later; Tv's Dr Who) returns from a self-imposed exile to bring down those responsible for his wife's murder. While his family have fallen on hard times, the murderer - known as The Duke (Derek Jacobi - Day of the Jackal; Gosford Park; Tv's- I Claudius) - has become rich, p Written by
The final sequence depicting the bombing of Nagasaki was originally intended to show the planes hitting the World Trade Center, relating the plot of futile revenge to the current "War on Terror." See more »
The Duke blinks right before Vindici tells him he has taken a pill to prevent blinking. See more »
The acting is tremendous, the dialogue is delivered with such ease and intensity, and where there is caddiness-- it is intentional. This movie is visually beautiful and unapologetic; it does not bore you with tedious dialogue, but challenges the audience to mesh both Jacobean language with a modern day setting. Other movies have tried to accomplish this time fold, attempting to 'modernize' what they consider to be classics, but other movies did not have Christopher Eccleston and Eddie Izzard. There performances deserved more credit than the average moviegoer could afford. See this movie.
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