1978. A mother, father and their 3 year old son are murdered. The killer their 12 year old son William. 2008. William is released with a new identity and wants to die. Ryan needs the story. A story of courage, sacrifice and love.
Yorkshire, 1978. A mother, father and their three year old son are brutally stabbed to death while they sleep. There is no motive. They were a model family. The nation is outraged by the senseless killings. Incredibly, the British public are overwhelmingly in favour of bringing back the death penalty to see justice carried out. Even more incredibly the killer, who is caught red-handed trying to drag the father's body out of the house, manages to hide the three year old's body in a place where the investigators, the police and even their dog teams would never find it. For months all the nation can talk about is the "Kid Killer" but, and this is the most incredible fact of all, not because he cold-bloodedly stabbed to death a three year old, his mother and his father, but because these innocent victims were also his family. The "Kid Killer" was their twelve year old son William. Malvern, thirty years later. Ryan is thirty three. He dreams of being a journalist with a national voice. He ... Written by
Some good plot ideas - even if the ending was guessable
It winds me up when people mark down or are overly critical of film projects obviously done with limited resources... you can't use the same yardstick as those films with vast corporate Hollywood or Guy Richie Inc backing. What should shine through whatever the circumstances is the plot and script, in fact having a reduced budget can make a clever director and cast work harder to get their ideas over in a more effective or unique way.
I initially didn't hold much hope for Point of Regret but soon got pulled into it. I initially watched it mostly for the fact it was filmed in Worcester where i grew up... it was the first film to be given filming permission in the city's cathedral. Although I'd pretty much guessed the ending by the half way point - this didn't detract from the main thrust of the story being told. I actually grew to enjoy the cast's performances on the whole and thought there were several good plot turns and effective story-telling elements.
The scenes with William filming himself as an academic "Doctor" doing suicide research was a bit strange - didn't fit in some ways - but i guess it drove the concept 'point of regret' home for the viewer. On that note - suicide by gas oven has not been possible since Britain made gas from coal which stopped just after WW2. It's impossible to die from sticking your head into a gas oven these days I'm afraid. Still - that's a minor point. -
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