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Starfish (2016)

"Starfish" tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.


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Credited cast:
Joanne Froggatt ... Nicola Ray
Tom Riley ... Tom Ray
Phoebe Nicholls ... Tom's Mother
Michele Dotrice ... Jean
Simon Bamford ... Senior Consultant
Daisy Moore ... Sarah
Katie Pattinson ... Surgeon's Assistant
Greg Haiste Greg Haiste ... Tom's Father
Oliver Cunliffe ... Young Tom Ray
David Carr David Carr ... Surgeon
Max Krupski ... Matt
Jonathan Penton Jonathan Penton ... A&E Doctor
Natalie India Balmain Natalie India Balmain ... Female Paramedic
Ellie Copping ... Grace Ray
Gemma Layton Gemma Layton ... Nurse


Based on the real story of Tom and Nicola Ray from Rutland. Their perfect life is totally ruined in a single moment after Tom had developed sepsis. While her husband was in coma, Nicola gave birth to their second child on the other side of the same hospital. Within a matter of days, sepsis would rob Tom of both his arms and legs, and left his face severely disfigured. As an ordinary man, Tom never put himself at risk -- he just woke up two months later in a nightmare, a face-off quadruple amputee. This incredible story of survival shows what can be overcome when love is unconditional. Written by MAthePA

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28 October 2016 (UK) See more »

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The hospital scenes were shot in a set built inside a former Tornado bomber spraying facility at what was once RAF Cottesmore. It was cold and the sound inside was like filming in a giant tin can. The team bought as many duvets as they could find to insulate the sound as well as possible. See more »


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He's not half the man be used to be...
7 November 2019 | by sanguine_sailorSee all my reviews

The make-up in this movie is a marvel. Tom Riley (also playing a guy called Tom Ray, Natch) sure looks like he's got a disfigured face and four missing limbs. Poor fellow.

He contracts sepsis after eating some out-of-date sausages which cause his immune system to overreact (yes I did my homework after the movie was over) and, upon returning home, immediately starts taking out his anger on his family. Not their fault, dude.

This, as you can well imagine, creates a rift... and Starfish is at it's best when it shows the breakdown of this once happy brood. His wife is no longer physically attracted to him, his young daughter no longer recognises him and his newborn son... well, he's just a baby. He doesn't get a vote.

The film also shows Tom's struggle to adapt physically to having four new prosthetics to deal with, and the actor's movement is almost enough to convince you he has them under his clothes. Less persuasive is others reaction to his new appearance and gait... in the hard world we live in now, I think he'd get a bit worse treatment than one boy staring at him in a newsagent.

If nothing else, we're reminded of the salient fact that life can change in an instant and we should make the most out of every second. Starfish isn't a great movie, but it educates and entertains and won't leave your head anytime soon. 6/10

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