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Incendiary (2008)

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

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Sharon Maguire

Writers:

Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Young Mother
Ewan McGregor ... Jasper Black
Matthew Macfadyen ... Terrence Butcher
Nicholas Gleaves ... Lenny
Sidney Johnston ... The Boy
Usman Khokhar Usman Khokhar ... The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... The Bomber's Wife
Ed Hughes ... Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Pearl
Stewart Wright ... Charlie
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Young Policeman
Robin Berry Robin Berry ... Dazed Supporter
Mercy Ojelade Mercy Ojelade ... Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall Joe Marshall ... Gary / VT Man
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blown Apart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,127
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The last feature film of Nicholas Courtney. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where her husband's boss is taking her to the memorial for the dead, her facial cuts are quite healed and well into the scarring stage. But a few minutes later in the scene where she's watching home movies, her facial cuts appear to be freshly scabbed over and quite irritated around the edges. See more »

Quotes

[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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Features Top Gear (2002) See more »

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Ooh Baby Baby
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Warren Moore
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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Beautifully shot but slow and unfocused
18 April 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a woman who lost her husband and son in a terror attack. Her life goes into a mess as she deals with her loss and hunts for the truth.

I have mixed feelings for "Incendiary". On one hand, it is beautifully shot. Every scene is nicely planned and constructed. Camera work is great too. On the other hand, the plot is confusing and strange. The pacing is excruciatingly slow, with a lot of repetitive scenes (such as London burning).

I also think "Incendiary" is not focused enough, as it tries to deal with too many topics including grief, guilt, quest for truth and the road to healing. If the filmmakers only focused on grief and guilt, without the subplots of the anti-terrorist guy or the suspect's family, I would have enjoyed the film more. Despite of Michelle Williams' superb acting, I find "Incendiary" disappointing and boring.


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