Incendiary (2008)

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A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Butcher
The Boy
Usman Khokhar ...
The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar ...
The Bomber's Wife
Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons ...
Stewart Wright ...
Al Ashton ...
Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin ...
Young Policeman
Robin Berry ...
Mercy Ojelade ...
Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall ...
Gary / VT Man


Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <>

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The truth can blow you apart.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Blown Apart  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Natalie Dormer filmed two days, playing the role of Ewan McGregor's girlfriend, but her role ended up on the cutting room floor. Nevertheless, she called it a "great experience". See more »


When Ewan MacGregor's character is checking the attendees list for the May Day game the game shows as Chelsea v Arsenal indicating that Chelsea were the home team, however the explosion was said to be in North London, presumably at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and the Chelsea ground is in West London. See more »


[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time ...
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Loose ends too many
8 October 2015 | by (Vermont) – See all my reviews

I would think the book probably better than the movie although I never read it. The movie lost its focus half-way through.

This movie never made into the mainstream release. Over the top terrorist plot might have some bearings. The director possibly thought it reflected the current events. However, it became avoidable by the audience. I also think it could do without to make the storyline whole. There were a lot of borrowing ideas all over the places. It's like I was watching "Dark Places" again. Sometimes, you have to trim the branches to help the tree to grow. Some reviews did not like American actress playing the lead role. I would say the studio had it released in the US in mind and with the American taking on the lead role would draw the audience. It just never made that far. It cost a lot to make the explosive scenes. I felt it was totally a waste. If they just stuck on the love scenes, that might help to get into the main distribution.

Adapting the events bigger than the screen could carry is not feasible. This one is an example of it.

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