Isolation

  • 15
  • Billy O'Brien (2) (2005)
  • UK / Ire
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Nature bites back - literally - in this claustrophobic Irish chiller from debut feature writer/director Billy O'Brien. A farmyard-set mix of Alien and The Thing, it's a cautionary eco-fable in which "mad cow disease" takes on a horrifying new meaning. John Lynch excels as a struggling dairy farmer who faces a genetic nightmare after reluctantly allowing scientists to conduct DNA experiments on one of the last in his herd. The gory horror that follows is understated yet sustained, making effective use of the movie's low-budget resources. Like most creature features, the plot is generic and the supporting characters largely two-dimensional. But what gives this visceral flick real edge are its slow-build atmospherics and unrelenting sense of dread. O'Brien treats his subject with intelligence and seriousness, enhancing its believability while marking himself out as a name to watch.

Plot Summary

Low-budget horror, starring John Lynch, Sean Harris and Essie Davis. On a remote farm in rural Ireland, struggling dairy farmer Dan reluctantly allows scientists to conduct DNA experiments on the last in his herd. But when the cow suddenly goes into labour one night, it's the start of a gory, genetic nightmare.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dan
John Lynch
Orla
Essie Davis
Jamie
Sean Harris
John
Marcel lures
Doctor
Crispin Letts

Crew

Director
Billy O'Brien (2)

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
Categories
Drama

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