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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.

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Alice Lowe

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Alice Lowe
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Cast

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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GBP80,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,885
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film took 11 days to shoot. 8 days of principal photography plus an additional 3 days of pickups. See more »

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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 »

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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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References Grease (1978) See more »

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Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68
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Performed by Sinfonia Varsovia, Conducted by Yehudi Menuhin
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A Psychological Thriller With More Than A Little Black Humour.
7 April 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Isn't Alice Lowe a POWERHOUSE - Go Girl. Writer, Director and lead in this Psychological thriller, with a spattering of black comedy throughout, about a psychopath's love for her unborn psychotic child. Sounds brilliant(?) Well it is... sort of.

This is one of those movies you really do have to stay with. I very nearly turned off about five minutes in. You have a scene where Ruth, Alice Lowe, is in a pet store asking the owner about buying a reptile or spider for her eight-year-old son; the more dangerous the better. I wondered what I'd let myself in for as the banter was banal and atrociously unrealistic. It was when she dispatched the owner that I began to wonder about her motives.

Unfortunately, the banality and atrocious discourse continued and it wasn't until Ruth puts DJ Dann's mother to bed that I began to warm to the film; it's a touching and humorous scene with melancholy overtones. It's her first big venture so some leeway can be given, especially when from that pivotal moment in the movie the direction and acting got so much better.

Lowe does a great job of a being an expectant mother and is pretty good at being creepy and threatening, not something you'd expect of a mum-to- be.

Kayvan Novak is brilliant as Tom the climbing instructor. He's an actor who has a wide range of talents including vocal as he's done a lot of voice-overs. In SunTrap (TV Series) and Cuban Fury he shows he's adapt to comedy, here he shows that seriousness is easily in his wheelhouse too, Hope we see more of him.

As the story progresses the audience is imparted to Ruth's and her unborn's reason for their killing spree.

There is some really outstanding mood setting sequences that either get the audience to think, like the very beginning where she's sat alone in the rain; or to feel uneasy as with Ruth's walk entrance to the Halloween party. Alice Lowe is a Writer, Director, and Actress to watch for in the future.

If the opening sequences were better I would've scored it more. I would recommend this to all lovers of black humour and psychological thrillers. You just have to get through the opening fifteen to twenty minutes - it's well worth the slog. Though if your other half is pregnant... maybe you shouldn't... we don't want her getting any ideas...


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