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Revengers Tragedy

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2002
  • Alex Cox
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

In a post-apocalyptic Liverpool, a man returns seeking revenge for his wife's murder - and everyone speaks perfect Jacobean English.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Sid & Nancy director Alex Cox makes a bid to become Britain's answer to Baz Luhrmann with this interpretation of Thomas Middleton's 17th-century play about family, loyalty and vengeance. Christopher Eccleston plays Vindici, returning to his home city after a ten-year absence to avenge the murder of his wife, killed on their wedding day by dastardly duke, Derek Jacobi. Eccleston displays a wry wit and gleeful dementia, but he is drowned out by a glut of hammy supporting performances - model Sophie Dahl and Margi Clarke are particularly dreadful, the former playing an embarrassing Princess Diana-like martyr. Cox adds to the mess with a profusion of flashy camera techniques and clichéd imagery. He has attempted to make a futuristic black comedy but, unlike Luhrmann, Cox lacks the skill, sophistication and vision to successfully turn a period text into cutting-edge, contemporary entertainment. The result is a tedious picture that's more pantomime than progressive.

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Credits

Cast

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VindiciChristopher Eccleston
LussuriosoEddie Izzard
DukeDerek Jacobi
DuchessDiana Quick
CastizaCarla Henry
CarloAndrew Schofield
Lord AntonioAnthony Booth
HannahMargi Clarke
ImogenSophie Dahl
Young thugJoe Cottrell Boyce

Crew

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DirectorAlex Cox

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Tartan
Released on
2003-02-14
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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