Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

DVD - 2013
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Mar 29, 2017

This is a 2012 British-Irish drama directed by James Marsh, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby.
Although it is a hard-boiled, apparently good spy drama, there must be a script deficiency because the storyline is too ill-contrived for me to understand---especially for the last part, which leaves me puzzled and unsatified.

ECiriello May 23, 2016

Boring. Skip it.

Aug 19, 2015

Glad I watched it (finally - almost returned it without doing so). Good acting, story, etc. The historical Ireland/Northern Ireland split is compelling.

I also was glad for subtitles - although I've been to Ireland a couple times. The way they pronounced quay (a wharf) as kei was surprising, but I see wikipedia gives it that way, too.

Aug 04, 2015

First-class acting and an excellent screenplay. The build-up of the relationship between Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough is terrific. Don't miss it.

noir125 Jul 23, 2015

How twist does a twist ending have to be, and how logical?

May 20, 2015

I think this is a pretty good film on the IRA conflicts of the past. Be prepared for an ending which is totally unexpected. For me, anyway.

Oct 21, 2014

Rated 5/10.

Oct 12, 2014

Wonderful actors performing their parts well. Still surprised by the surprise at the end even though viewers should expect it as agent Mac refused to stop digging into the past.

Sep 15, 2014

Rather boring.

7duffy Aug 17, 2014

Decently told story of the attempt to turn an IRA member into an informant. Clive Owen effective as MI5 agent. Surprise ending.

harrybrowne Mar 21, 2014

Anything Clive Owen is in is good, and no exception here. Gripping, suspenseful, with intelligent dialogue that does not waste a single word.

Feb 23, 2014

Gripping and intense from start to finish.

aaa5756 Feb 21, 2014

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance.

JMGP Feb 19, 2014

The slow, intent pacing of this film, with its watchful camera emphasizes the tragic situation of the characters embroiled in IRA plotting and violence. The families' tragedies are set in a bleak and hopeless Northern Ireland. It is tough to watch because despite the love and self-sacrifice of the family members, there is no peace or redemption.

MBSL500 Feb 17, 2014

When there is a perfectly good plot description given by the library, why do some commenters feel it necessary to repeat it for us? I'd like there comment on quality, not content.

voisjoe1 Feb 16, 2014

Clive Owen plays an MI5 agent who recruits an agent to go under cover in the IRA (he gives her a choice – either do this or go to prison for 25 years). If you get attached to the characters, the intensity of the danger is almost unbearable. It’s like one of those basketball games that could go either way and you want to close your eyes until it is all over. I will be viewing again to see if there are clues to what people are thinking and hiding.

Dec 11, 2013

A very slow movie, a times not much dialog and hard to understand (needed sub-titles on). Well-acted and very well written but poorly executed.

Dec 08, 2013

Great acting, esp by Andrea Risebourough and Clive Owen. Collette is a single mother in Belfast when she is arrested by British police after an IRA bomb plot in London. She's offered a choice: 25 years in jail or spy on her family, particularly her two brothers, who are believed to be in the IRA.

Nov 30, 2013

A tense, thought-provoking thriller, Shadow Dancer is bolstered by sensitive direction from James Marsh and a terrific performance from Andrea Riseborough.

Nov 07, 2013

Excellent acting, spare and complex plot. This is a movie that requires close attention to detail in order to get to the end with a sense of everything that happened. Highly recommended as a lesson in how families can be destroyed by secrets and impossible choices, and yet still remain as each others only hope.

Oct 17, 2013

Interesting, well acted movie.

Sep 22, 2013

not a strong movie, but interesting enough to watch, hope you have a good ear for the Irish accents, I had a hard time trying to make out much of the conversations, and didnt see the ending coming, a good twist there.

brontelit87 Sep 03, 2013

The plot is very interesting and all of the actors are good. The movie didn't move that well and some things remained unexplained. It's still an interesting movie, though.

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