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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.
Boring. Skip it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decently told story of the attempt to turn an IRA member into an informant. Clive Owen effective as MI5 agent. Surprise ending.
Anything Clive Owen is in is good, and no exception here. Gripping, suspenseful, with intelligent dialogue that does not waste a single word.
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tense, thought-provoking thriller, Shadow Dancer is bolstered by sensitive direction from James Marsh and a terrific performance from Andrea Riseborough.
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.
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.
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.