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The Messenger (2015)

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Jack, a tortured soul, spends his days grudgingly seeing and speaking to the dead, helping deliver their messages to the loved ones left behind while trying to seek some respite from his tormented past and present.

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David Blair
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Robert Sheehan ... Jack
Lily Cole ... Emma
Tamzin Merchant ... Sarah
Jack Fox ... Mark
Alex Wyndham ... Martin
Andrew Tiernan ... Dad
Deirdre O'Kane ... Mum
David O'Hara ... DCI Keane
Joely Richardson ... Psychiatrist
Rhys Connah ... Young Jack
Ali Cook ... Geoff
Gerard Fletcher Gerard Fletcher ... Desk Sergeant
Julian Gorman Julian Gorman ... Hi Viz Dave
Oliver Heald Oliver Heald ... Ben
Joan Kempson Joan Kempson ... Pam
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We all want to believe in life after death and imagine loved ones looking over us, feel their presence in a draft of air, or the faint essence of a familiar smell. It's what we crave, knowing they wait for us. But Jack isn't waiting - they won't leave him alone. Some might call Jack a troubled soul, at odds with the world, unable to conform. If you saw him in the pub - disheveled and drunk, talking to himself - you'd stay well away, think he was disturbed somehow, crazy. But Jack has a sharp mind and a razor wit. It's not that he doesn't want to live a normal life, he can't. They won't let him. Written by Anonymous

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The Dead Have Come Calling See more »


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Robert Sheehan has played a medium two other times- in Misfits (2009) and in The Umbrella Academy (2019). See more »

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Supernatural film that has its moments in an 'I see dead people' plot.
15 March 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Jack is something of a psychic or medium who sees the dead. Or rather they seek him out to send messages to the loved ones they have left behind and did not get the chance to say goodbye to. Now the idea is far from new but the film tries to see it from Jack's perspective.

We get the back story in flashbacks and also the constant analysis of his psychiatrist. There is also his estranged sister and the attempts to reconnect. The film itself struggles to find the moments that are essential for a thriller, so has to rely instead on the story. That is where it comes unstuck in that it tends to plod and despite the inspirational landscapes, that are a recurring theme, it still remains essentially bleak.

The cinematography is excellent and the acting is all top rate. Robert Sheehan as Jack is very good as the troubled – but essentially well meaning – young man who has been branded because of his 'powers'. Tamazin Merchant is his 'worried' sister and is also fine. It is though a pretty grim watch with no denouements that will lighten the load. However, it is still a more than watchable affair for all that and it kept my attention for the duration – so can't be too bad.


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UK

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English

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25 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Gateway Films, Ratio Film See more »
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