October 7th, 2011



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Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.6/10 (4,665 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Paddy Considine

Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan

The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

Peter Mullan - Joseph
Olivia Colman - Hannah
Eddie Marsan - James
Paul Popplewell - Bod
Ned Dennehy - Tommy
Samuel Bottomley - Samuel
Sally Carman - Marie
Sian Breckin - Kelly (Samuel's Mum)
Paul Conway - Terry
Lee Rufford - Lee
Robin Butler - Jack
Archie Lal - Post Office Cashier
Julia Mallam - Dunk Girl
Fiona Carnegie - Woman in Charity Shop
Piers Mettrick - Man in Pub

Release Date: 7 October 2011

Filming Locations: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Opening Weekend: $7,635 (USA) (20 November 2011) (5 Screens)

Gross: $19,998 (USA) (12 February 2012)

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User Review

Very tough viewing, but worth it

Rating: 8/10

This film is an exceptional, very challenging and thought-provoking piece of work. Viewing it, as I did, at a morning showing on opening day, however, is not to be recommended. Having said that, I am not sure when the optimum time for seeing this film would actually be.

There is a lot of very uncomfortable viewing here. The subject matter - such as it is - is very bleak, but, paradoxically, more life-affirming than depressing. That is to say, I looked at the majority of the characters on screen and thought: please don't let me end up like that.

The plot is thin - that is not meant pejoratively, it's not a plot-driven film - but the performances of the cast simply roar off the screen. Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan are fantastic, but then again, they always are (as an aside, does Marsan not tire of playing scumbags?), but the real revelation in this film is the performance of Olivia Colman.

She is perfect in this, absolutely note-perfect; incredible acting. Awesome in her delivery. So good, in fact, that you forget this is just a movie. Her performance here is definitely going to propel her into the upper echelons of British acting - if she is not already there.

Tyrannosaur is not faultless, there are some scenes that linger too long and others that linger not long enough, but for an early effort from Considine this promises much for the future. This is Considine's 'Taxi Driver' and I will queue around the block for Considine's 'Goodfellas'.

Superb writing and gritty direction; performances better yet and Colman delivers on every level. Bravo Ms Colman, and bravo to everyone else associated with the best British film of the decade.

See it.


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