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Common (2014)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  6 July 2014 (UK)
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Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama stars Nico Mirallegro as guileless 17 year old Johnjo O'Shea, who goes from innocent bystander to accessory to premeditated murder after giving a few friends a lift.

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Young Johnjo O'Shea drives his cousin Tony and two friends to a takeaway, unaware that they intend to beat up another youth. In the fracas one of the trio, psycho Kieran Gillespie, stabs to death innocent bystander Thomas Hughes and threatens Johnjo not to go to the police. However Johnjo voluntarily gives a statement to DI Hastings but finds himself remanded in custody despite being guiltless of any crime. Under an ancient legal process known as Joint Enterprise which holds that any accomplice was aware of malicious intent he stands trial with the others. His lawyer puts up an excellent case for him but the judge feels unable to oppose Joint Enterprise and, although only Gillespie gets life, the other boys are forced to plead guilty to GBH and get five years. Parallel to the O'Sheas' plight is the reaction of Thomas's estranged parents, especially his mother Margaret, who ultimately feels a kinship with Johnjo's mother after receiving a letter of apology from the boy. As the credits ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Worth the time.

While lacking some back story and giving a few "where did that come from?" moments, overall "Common" is a consuming piece of drama. I was sucked in the moment I started watching. The moral and legal implications of the actions portrayed brings several issues to the fore. However, some of the video clips at the very end are, in my opinion, preachy. They could take away from the viewer's ability to make up their own mind about the law as it stands.

Still, as a production, the direction was confident, the cinematography was sublime and the acting, especially that of the two female leads was nothing less than award-worthy.

Highly recommended.


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