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He can escape from anything... except his past.
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The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jonny Lee Miller ... Denis Hopkins

Andy Serkis ... Ricky Barnes

Gary Lewis ... Ron

Jodhi May ... Christine
Paloma Baeza ... Valerie Hopkins

Vas Blackwood ... Vin

Philip Barantini ... Joey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Barnes ... D.I. Simm
Michael Bates ... Spaz
Gerry Behan ... Guard 1

Des Braiden ... Magistrate

Paul Burke ... Prison Officer
Barry Cassin ... Judge

Richard Dormer ... Denis' Brief

Phelim Drew ... Duty Medical Registrer
Dave Duffy ... Escort Officer 2
Patrick Fitzsymons ... Punishment Call Officer

Laurence Foster ... Clerk of the Court
Luke Hayden ... Prison Officer 1

Stephen Holland ... Mike
Simon Imrie ... Wing Officer
Packy Lee ... Trusty

Allen Leech ... Policeman 1 (as Alan Leech)
Patrick Leech ... Change Of Detail Officer
Alvaro Lucchesi ... Escort Officer
Tara Maguire ... Nurse 1
Eoin McCarthy ... Escort Officer 1
Keith McErlean ... Reception Officer Prison 1
Brian McGuinness ... Frank
Hugh B. O'Brien ... Victim Support Counsellor
Simon O'Gorman ... Prison Officer
David O'Meara ... Senior Officer
Rachel O'Riordan ... Nurse 2

Michael Parle ... Second Con
Martin Phillips ... First Prison Officer 1
Robert Price ... Mills
Lalor Roddy ... Jones

Paul Ronan ... Officer 1
Russell Smith ... Prosecution Brief

Stewart Stafford ... Prison Officer 1
Maurice Supple ... Second Prison Gate Officer

Paul Valentine ... Guard 2
Mal Whyte ... Senior Officer

Directed by
Gillies MacKinnon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Perry 

Produced by
Cerise Hallam Larkin .... line producer: additional shoot (as Cerise Hallam)
Peter McAleese .... line producer
Catherine O'Flaherty .... associate producer
Jolyon Symonds .... producer
William Turner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Lane 
 
Cinematography by
Nigel Willoughby 
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
 
Production Design by
Andy Harris 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Hauldren 
Mark Lowry 
Anna Rackard (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Susie Cullen 
 
Costume Design by
Kate Carin 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Conway .... assistant hair stylist: second unit
Barbara Conway .... assistant makeup artist: second unit
Conor McAlistair .... first assistant hairdresser
Martina McCarthy .... chief hair stylist
Roisin O'Reilly .... assistant makeup artist
Pamela Smyth .... hair designer
Pamela Smyth .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Steve Barker .... post-production supervisor
Maria Collins .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jill Dempsey .... second assistant director: second unit
Elizabeth Gill .... first assistant director: second unit (as Liz Gill)
Mary Gough .... second assistant director
Sean Griffin .... trainee assistant director
Richard Lingard .... assistant director
Ian Madden .... second unit director
Aoife Thunder .... third assistant director
Alan J. Wands .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
George Arkins .... stagehand
Russ Bailey .... construction coordinator
Ruth Barry .... art department trainee
Deirdre Byrne .... stand-by props
Stephen Byrne .... carpenter
Mark Cannon .... stand-by carpenter
Alan Cheevers .... master plasterer
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Stephen Cleary .... construction runaround
Timothy Crimmins .... stagehand
Susie Cullen .... graphics designer
Greg Demery .... supervising carpenter
John Greene .... carpenter
Ines Hercher .... carpenter
Daragh Lewis .... dressing props
Eoin Lewis .... dressing props
James McGetrick .... dressing props
Owen McKenna .... carpenter
Nuala McKernan .... property master
Drew Meldon .... stand-by rigger
Tyrone Monaghan .... assistant props
Owen Murnane .... master scenic painter
Paul Nott-Macaire .... carpenter
Irene O'Brien .... graphic designer
Gary O'Donnell .... stand-by painter
Lorcan O'Toole .... carpenter
Jerry Organ .... production buyer
Gerry Quigley .... stand-by stagehand
Robbie Richardson .... painter
Neil Stevens .... assistant art director
Ed Walsh .... assistant art director
Noel Walsh .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Ben Barker .... foley editor
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Colin Cooper .... adr mixer
Colin Cooper .... foley mixer
Brendan Deasy .... sound mixer
David Evans .... supervising sound editor
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Mystique Holloway .... sound assistant
Max Hoskins .... dialogue editor
Richard Jay .... boom operator
Ian Johns .... sound trainee
Billy Quinn .... sound mixer
Billy Quinn .... sound recordist
Eddie Quinn .... boom operator
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
James Brady .... special effects technician (as Jim Brady)
Conor Coughlan .... special effects technician
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... special effects technician
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Frazer Churchill .... visual effects supervisor
Hal Couzens .... visual effects producer
Robin Doelly .... digital compositor
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... digital matte artist (as Andrew Garnett-Lawson)
Jeremy Hattingh .... digital compositor
Nick Hodgekinson .... rotoscope
Nic Hodgkinson .... digital artist
Yoko Ishiguro .... digital compositor
Elie Jamaa .... technical director
Adam McInnes .... digital compositor
John Seymour .... visual effects editor
 
Stunts
Jerry Beham .... stunts
Gerry Behan .... stunt performer
David Byrne .... stunts
Anthony Condren .... stunts (as Tony Condren)
Brendan Condren .... stunt double: Jonny Lee Miller
Joe Condren .... co-stunt coordinator
Patrick Condren .... stunt coordinator (as Pat Condren)
Patrick Condren .... stunts (as Paddy Condren)
Ken Doherty .... stunts
Shay Doherty .... stunts
Jim Hoare .... stunts
Norman Kelly .... stunts
Peter McCahon .... ambulance driver
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts (as Bronco McLaughlin)
John Sheridan .... stunt performer
Paul Thompson .... stunts
Paul Valentine .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciarán Barry .... second camera operator (as Ciaran Barry)
David Bourke .... gaffer (as Dave Bourke)
Tristam Cones .... focus puller
John Connon .... crane grip
Adam Dale .... aerial director of photography
Tommy Davies .... generator operator: second unit
Bonnie Dempsey .... camera trainee
Harry Eckford .... grip
Richie Egan .... grip: 2nd unit
Paul Fagan .... electrician
Eoin Farrell .... clapper loader: second unit
Philip Fitzsimons .... electrician: second unit
Tom Gates .... supervising gaffer
Chris Gilbertson .... electrician
Camille Griffin .... clapper loader
Graeme Haughton .... electrician
Ciaran Kavanagh .... focus puller: second unit
Dochy J. Lowe .... second camera loader (as Dochy Lowe)
James Maguire .... gaffer
Mike Mawhinney .... best boy
James McGuire .... gaffer: Ireland
Anthony Meade .... clapper loader
Ivan Meagher .... focus puller
Stephen Murphy .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Eoin O'Hagan .... best boy electric
Mike Parker .... aerial camera operator
Sam Phillips .... grip: second unit
Luke Quigley .... camera grip
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Alexander Reid .... focus puller (as Alex Reid)
Taylor Russell .... generator operator
Mitch Spooner .... gaffer
Simon Starling .... additional photographer
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Des Whelan .... director of photography: second unit
 
Casting Department
Abi Harris .... casting assistant (as Abbie Harris)
Mary Maguire .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nikki Connor .... wardrobe trainee (as Nicki Connor)
Clair Heal .... wardrobe
Ciara McArdle .... wardrobe assistant
Rhona McGuirke .... wardrobe supervisor
Gaby Rooney .... wardrobe trainee
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ferrari .... color grader
Dan Roberts .... first assistant editor
Louise Seymour .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Niall Acott .... music recordist
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Abi Leland .... music supervisor
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
John Fearon .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Mark Barry-Jackson .... aerial helicopter pilot
Liz Bunton .... head of production
Miriam Cahill .... assistant to director
Geraldine Daly .... location manager (as Ger Daly)
Maire Doherty .... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Drayne .... production coordinator
Bianca Gavin .... production coordinator: re-shoot
Sonya Gildea .... crowd coordinator (as Sonya Supple)
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Basfi Hope-Ross .... location assistant: second unit
Julia Jones .... set publicist
Jacqui Leahy .... production assistant
John McKenna .... head armorer
Oonagh McMorrow .... assistant production coordinator
David Mellor .... production accountant
Carol Moorhead .... production coordinator
Bronagh Murphy .... trainee script supervisor
Brendan O'Sullivan .... location trainee
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Edmund Sampson .... assistant location manager
Chris Scurfield .... production assistant
Sophie Tebbitt .... assistant accountant
Clodagh Tierney .... location manager: second unit
Alex Winckler .... production assistant
Mike Woodley .... aerial coordinator
Sabine Wührer .... script supervisor daily
Ira Zloczower .... development executive
Aidan Williams .... assistant: Ira Zloczower (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language and violence
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88 min
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Factual errors: The main character Dennis sharpens a spoon in his cell into a weapon by rubbing the end of the (stainless steel) spoon on what is clearly (aluminum) checker plate. As aluminum is a much softer metal than steel, the checker plate would be worn away and it would be impossible to file down the spoon in this way.See more »
Quotes:
Ricky Barnes:Okay, what? Do you want money? I can get you money.
Denis:I offered you money, remember? It wasn't enough.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Revenge-Driven Thriller, 6 June 2006
Author: Sweet_Ophelia from Australia

Jonny Lee Miller plays Denis, a rich pilot with a pretty pregnant wife, Valerie (Paloma Baeza) whose life is turned upside down when a thief breaks into their humble home and maliciously shoots Valerie and leaves Dennis to cope with the lasting sadness of her murder. Denis is not satisfied when Valerie's killer, notorious thief Ricky Barnes (Andy Serkis), is thrown into an Alcatraz style prison for 20 years. For Denis, this sentence isn't enough; as he achingly muses, if he were given the option of visiting his wife for 2 hours once a week, a month or even once a year, that would be better than what he has now… nothing. He cannot get past his need for revenge; not even his baby girl, delivered by C-section, can coax him out of this fog. And so he devises a plan to get himself thrown into the same high-security prison as Barnes, and get his revenge.

Revenge is the central theme of this fantastic film, written by Nick Perry and directed by Gillies MacKinnon. It isn't always an edge-of-your-seat drama, more it is an intrinsic look into the creation, hungering and devouring need for revenge…. The high-stakes drama comes in the last half hour or so, when Denis's plan is tangible as he gets thrown into Barnes's prison. The film doesn't try to show that light exists at the end of the tunnel, or that every cloud has a silver lining. Denis's thirst for reprisal is depressing; he has such tunnel-vision that not even his baby girl and the hint of a fresh start can coax him out of his ebb. And the really sad thing is that as we watch Denis strive toward his realized vengeance, we as the viewer know that what comes after he succeeds is not going to be pretty… he will be left with nothing, no life, nothing to drive him, just the realization of all that he has lost. So while rooting for Denis to get payback on the evil Ricky Barnes, there is also a devastating knowledge that things will only get worse from here on in.

Johnny Lee Miller is a relatively unknown actor who never made good on his break-out performance in the film "Trainspotting"; if he is known at all, it is as Angelina Jolie's first ex-husband whom she constantly says she regrets divorcing. Miller doesn't always captivate and command the screen, but he is adequate in this lead role as a tough, driven lover whose sadness is really eating him alive. The real star in this film is the wicked Andy Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and as the monkey in another Jackson film "King Kong". Surprise, surprise; Serkins can actually act sans the tight-blue lycra and CGI wires – his brilliance is measured by his loathsomeness – and trust me, it's always at breaking point!

Great little straight to video gem that would go totally unnoticed if it wasn't always on cable television.

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