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Tyrannosaur (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 October 2011 (Ireland)
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Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

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Paddy Considine

Writer:

Paddy Considine
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mullan ... Joseph
Archie Lal Archie Lal ... Post Office Cashier
Jag Sanghera Jag Sanghera ... Gurav
Mike Fearnley Mike Fearnley ... Dan
Paul Conway Paul Conway ... Terry
Lee Rufford Lee Rufford ... Paul
Olivia Colman ... Hannah
Samuel Bottomley ... Samuel
Sian Breckin Sian Breckin ... Kelly
Paul Popplewell ... Bod
Eddie Marsan ... James
Robin Butler Robin Butler ... Jack
Sally Carman ... Marie
Ned Dennehy ... Tommy
Fiona Carnegie ... Woman in Shop
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The story of Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil, a chance at redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating consequences to both of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiranossauro See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,635, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,088, 11 March 2012
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Warp X,Inflammable Films,Film4 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[last lines]
Joseph: Dear Hannah. It's taken me a while to put this together. I'm not so great at writing letters, but i wanted to get in touch with you, to see how you were. It's been over a year since i last wrote to you.Life's been mad for me in the past twelve months. I've been awful sick for a number of reasons. My little buddy Sam got attacked by that dog. That fucking scumbag cunt of a fella who was seeing to his mother got the doggy wound-up so much that it just turned on the nearest thing and ...
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Wanderin Star
Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
recorded by Nick Hemming
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By God....
9 October 2011 | by alizovckers_pxcSee all my reviews

I will keep this simple.

It has been quite a while since a movie has shook me to my very core, rattled my sense of security, and left me deeply scarred when I got out of the theater.

Tyrannosaur for me personally is one of the best movies of the year. The year's not over, and it may as well hold a top 3 spot on my list until the end.

First and foremost, the acting in this movie was outstanding. Mullan, Colman was incredible as the two forces that move the movie. Marsan was genuinely terrifying. These three people should be considered for Oscars when the time comes.

There were a few moments where I almost...almost turned my head away, and not many movies can claim the privilege of making me squirm and feel uneasy (Not even the fairly recent "A Serbian Film").

I guess the strongest strength of this movie was the uncanny sense of realism. I've spent enough time learning and observing just what emotions and bursts of rage can do to people. And every bit of rage and anger in this movie seemed all too real. I'm sure some will counter me on this, but for me, I didn't consider any actions, reactions in this movie to be over-the-top. They flowed seamlessly, taking us to bleak, dark places, sprinkling a bit of hope and light along the way, only for us to be shocked again. By god, it was VERY suspenseful in some parts.

In the end, a few hours after getting out of the screening, I'm still reeling trying to find my composure. No, it's not an easy movie to watch, and yes, some will probably dismiss it as an unnecessary glorification of domestic violence and brutality. But for me it's more than that, it has soul, one that's not easy to capture with a subject as difficult as this, but Considine certainly managed to do just that.

Watch it if you get a chance.

9.5/10


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