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When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.

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Carol Morley

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Martin Amis (based on the novel by), Carol Morley
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Credited cast:
Patricia Clarkson ... Detective Mike Hoolihan
Toby Jones ... Prof Ian Strammi
James Caan ... Col Tom Rockwell
Mamie Gummer ... Jennifer Rockwell
Aaron Tveit ... Tony Silvero
Jacki Weaver ... Miriam Rockwell
Alyshia Ochse ... Laurel Ann
Jonathan Majors ... Duncan J Reynolds
Gary Grubbs ... Mr. Torby
Lucy Faust ... Ruby
Thomas Francis Murphy ... Slick
Yolonda Ross ... Janey Mac
Brad Mann ... Walt Rockwell
Brenda Currin ... Nancy
Tenea Intriago ... Lucy
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When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.

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The character Duncan Reynolds, played by Jonathan Majors, was called Trader Faulkner in the original 1997 novel by Martin Amis. However the actor Trader Faulkner objected to the use of his name, resulting in the change. Faulkner and Amis had appeared together in the film A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), and Amis had been taken with the name. See more »

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No Standard Police Fare
22 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Dark matter in the distant reaches of the universe is mysterious and unreachable, but so are certain truths inside of us.

When a young professor is murdered in New Orleans a veteran homicide detective (Patricia Clarkson) tries to unravel the clues leading to the perp. The more she uncovers the more unsettled she becomes, for the case is complex and difficult to crack, and yet eerily familiar. The instincts and companions she once trusted, lead her to dead ends. Little clues to the murder such as a scarf, necklace and music box, are also tied to personal memories. She begins to sense that the answers to the case are inside her as well as around her.

We live in the universe and it lives in us. We are all made of stardust after all. Observation changes the result.

This is no standard police fare, it is much better than that. The female detective relies on being wise and subtle to solve cases, not brawn and force. It took me a while to shift my perspective (expecting to see action, which seems part and parcel to every Hollywood detective story), and I must see the film again to appreciate it more. Patricia Clarkson is perfect for the role and wisely cast. Supporting actors including James Caan, are no afterthoughts. The director at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival world premiere remarked that the main character is looking at other people and missing herself. This is refreshing for a police story. I was delighted by this intelligent and alternative exploration of police work, the nature of the universe and human nature.


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