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What an absolute pile of pants. Having read Chris Brookmyre's books
religiously since I came across "Quite Ugly...", I was delighted to
find out that this drama had been commissioned.
I obviously had too much faith.
Nesbitt is probably the best thing in this show - and even he doesn't quite fit. How anyone can read the book, and then adapt it to this piece of dross is beyond me.
Entire characters are changed, situations are dropped, and to see Parlablane's dramatic break-in reduced to Nesbitt doing a quick chin up and sliding open a bay window... it brought tears to my eyes.
I dread to think what's going to happen with "Country Of The Blind" if this is the benchmark...
Please, just avoid it...
If you want an undemanding and reasonably amusing hour or so, then it's
OK to watch this. It's not all that bad, really. Yeah, it's got more
lapses in logic than I care to describe here and might tax the patience
of people - like myself, I have to admit - who are inclined to throw
things at the TV on occasion, but it's funny at least. Just because
it's not always INTENTIONALLY funny, there's no need to let that get
However, if you've read the book - or any of the other books by Brookmyre - then you'd probably best avoid it. I've read them all and when I first watched this film, I despised it. I've trashed it in detail and at great length on another site, in fact. The TV plot bears practically no relevance at all to that of the book and served only to outrage and infuriate many faithful (and admittedly rabid) Brookmyre fans.
Best bit of advice..? Watch this, then read the book and only THEN make your comparisons and submit your judgement.
this is quite a good and interesting drama starring James Nesbitt.
Nesbitt plays a journalist who has a really bad hangover (the quite ugly one morning in the title) who walks in to a neighbors flat to find him brutally murdered, he then has to find out what happened.
Another sub-plot is the relationship between Nesbitt's character and the police officer on the case, this is a bit distracting from the main plot and doesn't really fit in the story, A good sub-plot is about a hit-man (the one that performed the murder, revealed early in the story) with a missing finger who then stays at a bed and breakfast who kills the owners (annette Crosbie) dog and tries to dispose of it, this is an interesting and entertaining sub-plot that doesn't have relevance on the story.
Nesbitt is fine in the lead role, Crosbie is good as the owner of the bed and breakfast, but this drama is let down by the relationship between Nesbitt and the officer.
Overall good drama, 6/10
I haven't read the book this is based on, or any others by this author,
so came with little expectations apart from the fact that it stars
James Nesbitt. Nesbitt delivers as usual and is as charming and amusing
as the lame writing allows him to be, although certainly not as
charming as he or the scriptwriters think he is.
There are plenty of plot holes and references to events that must have wound up on the cutting room floor, with the effect that all in all it felt fairly anaemic.
Reading the comments of others though, I am now curious to read the novels, which sound like they are far better than this formulaic excursion into TV-land.
Here's a view from someone who hasn't read the book before watching the
movie. And I have to say, I can't agree with those who think this is a
My TV guide listed this as a detective movie, which it isn't, really. It's just a light-hearted drama, that focuses more on the several sub-plots than on the main story. And there are quite some sub-plots. A clumsy assassin-subplot, an ex-girlfriend-subplot, even the cliché policewoman-falls-in-love-with-the-main-character-subplot.
The main story isn't surprising at all, there are no deep motives or intriguing relations. The main plot is subsidiary to the numerous sub-plots. And that's no problem at all for this movie - the sub-plots are interesting enough by themselves.
Overall I can say, it's quite entertaining for a dull Friday night.
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Did I miss something here? This "adaptation" has everything that
Brookmyres first novel had. Everything apart from the story, the
laughs, the black humour, the political intrigue, the
characterisations, the plot, and some semblance of sense.
Godamnawful, from beginning to end. They made a mockery of the plot, they had a romance between Parablane and a cop, and what was that all about, Dr Slaughter was portrayed as a bystander, and who the hell was Annette Crosby supposed to be?
It looked like they had made a three hour adaptation, then chopped it down to 90 minutes. (Even though the 90 minutes seemed to last forever.) Please, please, do not do this to any other of Brookmyres books, (especially "Country of the blind.)
I saw this before i had read the book, and James Nesbitt is a brilliant actor. It seemed as though the part had been written for him. And from what i saw it was brilliant. Until i read the book. Whilst staying as close to the book as they could (or tried to) the were some major changes. Rather than ruin it for people i won't say what the changes were, but in my eyes James Nesbitt is perfect as Jack Parlabane (even though the character is from Glasgow). If you've read the book then at least see this to see how it might have looked. If you haven't watch this first then read the book. You shouldn't be too disappointed - even with the changes to the Plot. I'd love to see some of the other books adapted for TV or hopefully cinemas.
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