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This was the first cinema adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel to really fill the screen. Opening with the breathtaking visual gambit of a hot-air balloon accident on an idyllic summer's day, it then shows how this tragic event alters the lives of three people involved. Science lecturer Joe (Daniel Craig) feels in some way responsible, seeing his relationship with sculptor girlfriend Claire (Samantha Morton) buckle under his post-traumatic stress, while Rhys Ifans's unhinged religious stranger feels a connection with Joe and starts to stalk him. The escalating action and reaction is handled with style and intensity by director Roger Michell (who directed Craig in
), and the cast gives believable, subtly shifting performances, not least Craig. Screenwriter Joe Penhall (
) has given some plot aspects a facelift, removing a criminal underworld subplot and some of the ambiguity. Though it's often cold and distant, it's a good effort with difficult source material.
After witnessing a shocking accident, a man and his girlfriend attempt to put the traumatic events behind them - but their efforts are thwarted by the increasingly obsessive attentions of a loner who was also at the scene. Thriller, adapted from a novel by Ian McEwan, starring Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton.
Cast & Crew
Contains violence and swearing.
video and DVD
26 Nov 2004
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