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This is a modern interpretation of the bard's tragedy, set in the claustrophobic confines of a stretch limousine which prowls the streets of a contemporary landscape as its agoraphobic passengers struggle for existential meaning in a dog eat dog world where only the fit survive, and tragedy unfolds.Written by
Macfadyen adapted the Shakespearean tragedy while filming "Turn: Washington's Spies" in Richmond, Virginia. He cast many of his fellow "Turn" actors, such as Taylor Roberts as Lady Macbeth and Kevin McNally as Duncan, and shot on location in Richmond while filming the second season of the AMC television drama. The film also stars Macfadyen's longtime friend and "Titus" costar, Harry Lennix, as Banquo. See more »
Original, fittingly mad and full of delightfully unhinged performances and unexpected ideas.
The film demands a basic knowledge and understanding of the source material and that's what makes this such a fun watch: Angus Macfadyen has turned one of the most seminal characters and stories on its head and, in doing so, has created a brilliant study of madness, obsession and the absurdity of power.
Stylistically it feels like a cross between Orson Welles and David Lynch.
It won't be a film for everyone but then films that (supposedly) are rarely stand the test of time. Macbeth Unhinged is as compulsive as it is uncomfortable to watch. It's sexy, manic, often beautiful, often raw and what makes it great most of all: this is not how you would have interpreted Shakespeare's play.
And certainly not on that shoestring budget and with such a skilled cast.
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