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Prevenge (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 March 2017 (USA)
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Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Director:

Alice Lowe

Writer:

Alice Lowe
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Lowe ... Ruth
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Mr. Zabek
Jo Hartley ... Midwife
Tom Davis ... DJ Dan
Leila Hoffman Leila Hoffman ... Dan's Mum
Kate Dickie ... Ella
Kayvan Novak ... Tom
Mike Wozniak Mike Wozniak ... Josh
Tom Meeten ... Zac
Marc Bessant Marc Bessant ... Matt
Gemma Whelan ... Len
Della Moon Synnott Della Moon Synnott ... Baby
Grace Calder ... Yoga Instructor
Eileen Davies ... Jill
Elen Rattenbury Elen Rattenbury ... Girl in Park
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Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

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Killing for Two


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kerstumas See more »

Filming Locations:

Cardiff, Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$104,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,652 (United Kingdom), 10 February 2017, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,100, 31 December 2017
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2.35 : 1
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"He hath slipped from the net, whom we chased: he hath 'scaped us who should be our prey - O'ermastered by slumber we sank, and our quarry hath stolen away!" is a quote from Eumenides by Aeschylus. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth is lying in bed looking at a photograph of her late husband, the photograph she holds in her hands is different between shots (he is sitting in one and standing in the other). See more »

Quotes

Ruth: Kids these days are really spoilt. It's like, "mummy, I want a PlayStation! Mummy, I want you to kill that man!"
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.1 (2017) See more »

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Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68
Pastoral""
Performed by Sinfonia Varsovia, Conducted by Yehudi Menuhin
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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A bun in the oven and a knife in her handbag.
5 November 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Written by, directed by, and starring Alice Lowe (of Brit black comedy Sightseers), Prevenge follows heavily pregnant woman Ruth (Lowe, who was actually with child at the time) as she takes revenge on those responsible for the death of her partner, urged on in her killing spree by her unborn baby (who she can hear talking to her).

Clearly Ruth isn't firing on all cylinders, which results in plenty of extremely dark humour, the sort we Brits do so well, but with the lady suffering from mental illness/severe depression as a result of her loss, the film is also incredibly poignant—funny but sad—Ruth not receiving the professional help she so desperately needs to deal with her grief.

In addition to Lowe's accomplished direction, sharp writing and excellent central performance, Prevenge also benefits from several wonderfully drawn supporting characters, including Tom Davis's misogynistic DJ Dan (who gets his balls cut off for being such a sleazebag!), a well-meaning but condescending midwife (Jo Hartley), and corporate bitch Ella (Kate Dickie), who interviews Ruth for a job that she has no intention of giving her.

How much you enjoy Prevenge will depend a lot on how warped your sense of humour is, but if you have seen Alice in Sightseers, use that as a yardstick: if you appreciated her witty, dead pan performance in that film, then you'll probably have a good time with this one too.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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