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Shadow Dancer (2012)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  24 August 2012 (UK)
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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Barnes ...
Gerry Senior
Maria Laird ...
Young Collette
Ben Smyth ...
Sean
Brid Brennan ...
Ma
Jamie Scott ...
Young Gerry
Bradley Burke ...
Young Connor
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Daniel Tatarsky ...
Watcher 1
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Watcher 2
Nia Gwynne ...
Female Watcher
Jason Stalkey ...
Agent 1 (as Jason Salkey)
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Agent 2
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Mac
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MI5 Officer
Cathal Maguire ...
Mark
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In 1993, the IRA member Collette is arrested in the London tube after leaving a bomb in the facility. MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Collette McVeigh - Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy.

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Agente C - Dupla Identidade  »

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Opening Weekend:

$10,672 (USA) (31 May 2013)

Gross:

$99,134 (USA) (26 July 2013)
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Screenwriter and author of the original novel Tom Bradby appears as himself in news footage early in the movie, although he is credited on screen as Patrick Clacy. Bradby is a news reporter for ITN who was stationed in Northern Ireland during the period in which the film is set. See more »

Goofs

When Collette gets on the train, the camera focuses on a passenger but the view behind her suggests the train doors are open and tucked behind the double-layer glass but the sound effect of the trains movement is continued. See more »

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Kate Fletcher: Is this just because she has a pretty face?
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Not Ready for Prime Time
23 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MI5 Agent Mac (Clive Owen) gives Collette (Andrea Riseborough) a choice: go to prison and lose her son for planting a bomb on English soil or become his informer to take down members of the IRA. She accepts to protect her son, but Mac soon discovers his superior, Kate Fletcher (Gillian Anderson), is also using Collette to protect "her" informer within the IRA. Mac needs to find the identity of that informer.

I like Clive Owen movies, but this one was not ready to come to the gate. When the movie ends there are questions that should have been answered within. Didn't happen. We didn't get an inkling that there was a love relationship between Mac and Collette, yet she spontaneously kisses him at one point and nothing happens thereafter. Why did she do that? How did the IRA know that Kate's informer was the mole who they killed? We had no clue to that. Were some scenes cut that we never saw? The surprise ending regarding Mac made absolutely no sense. Again, perhaps some scenes were cut? Huh?

I believe directors have a responsibility to allow the audience to hear what is being said. When English and Irish accents are involved the men have a great tendency to talk into their chests, talk so fast the road-runner couldn't keep up, whisper in conspiratorial tones that rewinding the DVD many times just exercises the wrist. This doesn't happen with the women actors. We can hear them fine.

The movie centered too much on Collette and that led me to believe that Mac was second fiddle in here. He had no control over anything. And, the contentious relationship with Kate, his boss, didn't help matters. James Bond wouldn't allow things to get this out of control (you really wanted Clive Owen to be the next James Bond, didn't you?) When our hero (Mac) loses control, we don't know what to expect anymore. See?

This movie should have been wrapped in suspense and tension but, they were not in evidence.

The best part of the movie was the first 20-minutes. After that it all ran downhill with Collette's side of things. Yes, Andrea Riseborough, as Collette, performed well, but we went to see a Clive Owen movie. Oh, he also performed well, as usual, but his Mac lost control.

I like going to Clive Owen movies. I hope the next one is better. (3/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Torture: Yes. Language: Yes, mostly in the beginning.


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