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For Those in Peril (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 2013 (UK)
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Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. ... See full summary »


Paul Wright


Paul Wright
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
George MacKay ... Aaron
Kate Dickie ... Cathy
Michael Smiley ... Frank
Brian McCardie ... Dr. Forbes
Nichola Burley ... Jane
Lewis Howden Lewis Howden ... Davie
Jordan Young Jordan Young ... Michael
Conor McCarron Conor McCarron ... Billy
James Cunningham James Cunningham ... Aaron's Father
Sharon MacKenzie Sharon MacKenzie ... Iris
Andrew Marley ... Andrew
Dylan Bruce Dylan Bruce ... Aiden
Scott Constantine Scott Constantine ... Coastgaurd
Noah Irvine Noah Irvine ... Young Michael
Stewart Anderson Stewart Anderson ... Punter


Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. Spurred on by sea-going folklore and local superstition, the village blames Aaron for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people. Steadfastly refusing to believe that his brother has died, he sets out to recover him and the rest of men. Written by Protagonist Pictures

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4 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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Csak saját felelősségre See more »

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Warp X,Warp Films,Film4 See more »
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24 April 2015 | by magnuslhadSee all my reviews

Aaron is the sole survivor of a fishing boat accident that still pains the community. Having lost his brother in the accident, Aaron grieves, but his grief gives way to an increasingly fragile grip on reality. For Those In Peril could have been a myth-imbibed exploration of tragedy and sibling rivalry. It could have been an insightful depiction of unhinged grief. It could have been a story of personal redemption achieved in the face of a hostile community. While it hints at exploring all of these potential story lines, what it ends up being is an under-realised mish-mash that fails to cohere around any thematic, emotional or narrative thread. The film ever-so studiously chases art-house credentials, but invokes clunky genre devices that would make Michael Bay blush. For example, there is no need to wonder what the community makes of Aaron's miraculous survival of the tragedy, as this is relayed constantly in off-screen expositional comments by various bystanders. The cliché scene where someone with a lot on their mind dries up in front of a karaoke audience, so often seen on screen but never in real life, makes a jaded outing here. (Who in real life would ever ask a grieving mother to get on stage and sing karaoke?). You do not have to have spent time in fishing communities such as Ullapool and Shetland to feel the lack of authenticity of setting, though it will jar all the more if you have. Similarly, if you have known grief, Kate Dickie's one-note moping around will not invite empathy. In terms of a mind becoming unhinged, the film does better, with George MacKay's performance occasionally evoking both fear and concern. But these moments are far too few, as the script seems unable to handle the task of developing rounded characters, and falls back instead on lazy invocation of myth to bind the story, what there is of it, together. I am all for eschewing linear narrative in favour of an immersive experience, but none of the imagery is particularly memorable. The climax places its bet on one striking image, but instead that is fudged in an extreme wide shot, suggesting the production design of the model was not up to the job of providing the emotional whump this film requires at its end. Ostensibly bold and experimental, this film instead is tame and unimaginative. Perhaps learning how to handle the basics of simple story, well-told, would have been a better move for these clearly uninspired filmmakers.

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