Deathwatch

  • 15
  • Michael J Bassett (2002)
  • UK / Ger
  • 91 min
Film Review
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1 out of 5

If war is hell, this combat-themed chiller from debutant writer/director Michael J Bassett isn't much better. Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell plays the youngest recruit of a First World War platoon that's lost deep in enemy territory, but takes refuge in an uncharted trench where the men are systematically picked off by a seemingly supernatural assassin. There's little to set the pulse racing, apart from some ghostly noises and a few gory effects, and Bassett's lumbering direction blasts any artistry, horror or suspense clean out of the target area. It also doesn't help that you can't work out who's doing what to whom, as the uniformed actors are covered from head to foot in mud in the murky, smoke-filled trench. Frankly, it's all tedious on the western front in this bum-numbing bore.

Plot Summary

Supernatural horror starring Jamie Bell. The Western Front, 1917: after capturing a forward German position, a group of British soldiers soon realise that something other than the enemy is in the trench with them.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charlie Shakespeare
Jamie Bell
Sergeant Tate
Hugo Speer
"Doc" Fairweather
Matthew Rhys
Private Quinn
Andy Serkis
Captain Jennings
Laurence Fox
McNess
Dean Lennox Kelly
Bradford
Hugh O'Conor
Private Hawkstone
Hans Matheson

Crew

Director
Michael J Bassett

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 6 Dec 2002
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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