Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
Alice Lowe played a character also called Tina in Hot Fuzz (2007), directed by Edgar Wright - who was executive producer on this film. See more »
Early in the film, when Tina's hair is being brushed by her mother, there is a cut to Tina with her mother visible behind her. Although we can hear her talking, her mouth is shut. Out of sync audio/visuals are a trademark of director Ben Wheatley's editing style (see also: Kill List) See more »
Mum? Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. You all right?
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Is it black-comedy or is it a crime thriller with just a LOT of comic relief? We may never know, nor does the director - Mr. Wheatley know himself. Which is testament to his genius. When it comes to confusion, Mr. Wheatley has mastered it. Of course, the tone of the film's outcome is also due to the stars Oram and Lowe who also penned the dryly comic script. Yet it is Wheatley's surreal style including dramatic slow-motion, disorienting jump cuts and jerky hand-held camera work that bring us into this anti-hero world of dull British tourism. It's like he will tease you with something really flashy then go back to being very minimal. As if Kubrick and Ken Loach made a movie together and took turns with every scene. This unpredictable British indie-gem feels like "Henry: The Portrait of Miss Sunshine." Or better yet, if "Natural Born Killers" was directed by Alexander Payne.
Sightseers is a road comedy with a high body count, but it doesn't get lost in it's comedy. When it's time to be disturbed, brace yourself. Wheately has a way of building tension with whimsy and humour. You're thinking, "I know the tone is about to shift here." But it never does when you want it to. You just simply don't get what you want with a Wheatley film. "Kill List", also by Wheatley certainly didn't give anyone what they wanted but that didn't make it bad. We don't deserve a happy ending just because we are watching it. In many ways though it is a lot like "Kill List". They each open with a scene of domestic dysfunction, they each involve a pair of travelers with varying personalities who are incessantly irritated by their content peers that surround them. Whether they are folky Christians in a hotel restaurant or a rowdy bridal party in a tavern, they inspire the ire and scorn of their protagonists. If you like to laugh but then you find yourself having to schedule a visit with your therapist about said laughs, then Sightseers is for you! (Reading Rainbow interlude riff)
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