Jim Sturgess (21, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) leads a hugely-talented ensemble cast in this sublime British psychological thriller from cult UK director Philip Ridley (THE REFLECTING SKIN, THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON), who returns to the screen after a 14-year absence. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. Part DONNIE DARKO, part Guillermo del Toro, this dark urban tale takes its audience to the darkest and most violent corners of the human heart. The film also stars Clémence Poésy, Noel Clarke, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall, and was produced by Pippa Cross and Richard Raymond. The film recently won the Best Independent Film Award at the Toronto After Dark Festival.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 11.18.2010
There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.Joe Leydon, Variety, 11.15.2010
A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 12.09.2010
Sturgess gives it his all in a sweaty, breathless, claustrophobic performance, but commitment alone isna(TM)t enough to lift this film all that far above the pack.Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies, 06.24.2010