The Cured (2017)

The Cured
Director: David Freyne
Writer: David Freyne
Cast: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Stuart Graham, Paula Malcomson
Part of: /slash 1/2 Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2018

Plot:
A few years after a disease turned a lot of people into zombies, a cure has been found and the cured are ready to be released back into society. But not everybody is ready to accept them back. One of the cured is Senan (Sam Keeley). after his release, his widowed sister-in-law Abbie (Ellen Page) offers him a home with her and her son. But faced with the suspicions around them, Senan’s guilt for what he did while a zombie and Abbie’s grief, living together really isn’t what you’d call easy.

The Cured started well enough, but in the end it really didn’t manage to convince me. It builds on a metaphor that doesn’t really work the way it is supposed to work. And it relies so much on that metaphor that that failure torpedoes the entire film.

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The Hallow (2015)

The Hallow aka The Woods
Director: Corin Hardy
Writer: Felipe Marino, Corin Hardy
Cast: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Gary Lydon, Stuart Graham
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 21.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle) is a woodsman tasked with assessing the forest in Ireland before it is being privatized. For that he, his wife Clare (Bojana Novakovic) and their baby son moved to a remote cottage in the middle of nowhere. Their only neighbor (Michael McElhatton) keeps telling them to leave and that they should stay away from the forest. What Adam takes as antagonism due to the sale, actually turns out to be an honest warning: there is something living in those woods and it has its own agenda.

The Hallow tells a classic story in a very good way. Especially the creature design was really awesome.

thehallow[Slight SPOILERS]

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Parked (2010)

Parked
Director: Darragh Byrne
Writer: Ciaran Creagh
Cast: Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan, Milka Ahlroth, Stuart Graham, Michael McElhatton

Plot:
Fred (Colm Meaney) spent much of his life working in the UK. When he returns to Ireland, he has nowhere to live but his car. But no address, no benefits and so Fred is stuck, trying to make his life into as much of a normal routine as he can. Until young Cathal (Colin Morgan) parks next to him. Cathal is pretty much constantly high and basically the antithesis to Fred, but somehow they take a shine to each other and Cathal is able to get a bit more movement into Fred’s life.

Parked is not a film that surprises you much. It goes pretty much down the way you’d think. But it tells its story with a lot of sensitivity for its characters and their situation and it has two great lead actors, so you don’t really care that you basically knew the story before seeing it.

parked

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