February 27th, 2009



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The film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor...

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (8,329 voted)

Director: Gerald McMorrow

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill

The film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. It's the story of four lost souls, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.

Ryan Phillippe - Preest / David Esser
Sam Riley - Milo
Bernard Hill - Peter Esser
Richard Coyle - Dan
Eva Green - Emilia / Sally
Susannah York - Margaret
James Faulkner - Dr. Earlle / Pastor Bone
Helmut Christian Kirchmeier - Street Preacher
Hilary Sesta - Female Preacher
Matthew Flynn - Cleric 1
Janetta Morrow - Guilty Woman
Doug Allen - Cleric 2
Roger Frost - Washing Machine Preacher
Sam Douglas - Saul
Stephen Walters - Wormsnakes / Wasnik

Taglines: Beyond reality. Beyond fear. Beyond imagination.

Release Date: 27 February 2009

Filming Locations: Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $75,225 (UK) (27 February 2009) (54 Screens)

Gross: $146,198 (UK) (15 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Preests statement - "If a god is willing to prevent evil, but not able, then he is not omnipotent. If he is able, but not willing, then he must be malevolent. If he is neither able or willing then why call him a god? Why else do bad things happen to good people?" - is almost directly lifted from Epicurus, who is credited with first expounding the problem of evil. David Hume in his Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779) cited Epicurus in stating the argument as a series of questions: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?"

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During Peter Esser (Bernard Hill)'s interview with Tarrant (Art Malik), his son's military welfare officer (Mark Wingett) tells him that they have reason to believe that David has absconded with his "personal weapon", and is therefore armed. In the British Army, the term "personal weapon" refers exclusively to a sidearm (pistol or revolver) and not the long arm (rifle) that we see Peter use to draw a bead on the restaurant later.

Preest: Anywhere can feel like a prison, when you don't have any faith.

User Review

Original and intriguing

Rating: 8/10

I've just come back from the premiere at the London film festival and I've thoroughly enjoyed, it but before I say anything, do not expect it to be "a mix between V for Vendetta and the Dark knight" which is a complete nonsense I read earlier, it's nothing like it.

In fact, the sci fi element is only a small (albeit crucial) part to the story, most of it taking place in present day London.

It's more of a psychological drama, a bit of a slow starter as well until all the pieces are put together and it starts making sense. To be honest the less you know about the story, the better otherwise it will ruin your enjoyment

The acting is excellent, I would say it really is Eva Green's movie, she shines throughout the movie with a rather difficult role and is absolutely beautiful. Sam Riley and Ryan Philippe are very good too although they have a little less material to play with.

I think it's going to be hard sell as it is unlike anything I have seen, and if they try to market it as an action/sci fi movie, it will be very misleading but I still definitely recommend it if you're looking for something a bit different.


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