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Shadow Dancer

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2012
  • James Marsh
  • 97 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller from the director of The Theory of Everything, starring Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen. When single mum and IRA member Collette McVeigh is arrested in the act of planting a bomb on the London Underground, she's offered a deal by MI5 agent Mac to turn informant to protect her son's welfare. However back in Belfast, not only must Collette avoid detection from her fervently Republican family, but also the threat from schemes and machinations within MI5 itself.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Set during the Irish Troubles in the 1990s, Shadow Dancer is convincing in its depiction of an Irish republican community riven by informers and suspicion - the writer, Tom Bradby, is a former Ireland correspondent for ITN. Collette (Andrea Riseborough) is sent to plant a bomb in a London Tube station, but is picked up by the intelligence services and given a choice: go to jail for 25 years or become an informer. Gradually, her MI5 contact (Clive Owen) begins to care for this young woman, who has to decide if she can betray her brothers (Aiden Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson), both high-ranking members of the IRA. The ever-present possibility of discovery makes for a tense, claustrophobic thriller, though there are one or two scenes that stretch credibility. The film benefits immensely from a powerful central performance - director James Marsh allows the camera to linger on Riseborough's face as she works through a maelstrom of emotions. Shadow Dancer is also very impressive in its portrayal of a conflict involving people - on all sides - who are both ordinary and utterly cold-blooded.

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Credits

Cast

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Collette McVeighAndrea Riseborough
MacClive Owen
Kate FletcherGillian Anderson
Gerry McVeighAidan Gillen
Connor McVeighDomhnall Gleeson
Ma McVeighBrid Brennan
Liam HughesMichael McElhatton
BrendanMartin McCann
Ian GilmoreStuart Graham
RUC OfficerMark Huberman
Kevin MulvilleDavid Wilmot

Crew

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DirectorJames Marsh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2012-08-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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