Movie Review – Broken

Director:  Rufus Norris
Writers:  Daniel Clay (novel), Mark O’Rowe (screenplay)
Language:  English
Release Date:  8 March 2013 (UK)
Length:  91 minutes
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis:  Theatre director Rufus Norris’ feature debut is a family drama located on a private housing estate, where resentments simmer beneath a veneer of civility. Newcomer Eloise Lawrence plays Skunk, the daughter of a solicitor (Tim Roth). When she witnesses a neighbour (Rory Kinnear) assaulting a young man with learning difficulties, the harsh reality of the world around her comes sharply into focus and she realises how little she knows about life.

First off, a massive thank you to 4th Estate for the free tickets to the screening of Broken at The Hospital Club.  The Hospital Club is an amazing venue in the heart of Covent Garden and I definitely enjoyed myself!

I was really excited to get the chance to see this film; Broken has won several awards and been nominated for many more, including Best British Independent Film which they took home in 2012.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I plan on doing so sometime soon as I’ve heard it’s just as good as the film.  The cast was brilliantly chosen–Tim Roth, who is one of my favourite actors and the gorgeous Cillian Murphy who is always impressive and dynamic in whatever role he lands.  Newcomer Eloise Laurence was beyond amazing–she’s definitely one to watch out for!

Broken is the story of a violent moment that changes everything in a little cul-de-sac (court, for you ‘mericans) witnessed by Skunk (Eloise Laurence).  The events that spawn after the attack spin out of control and culminate in a final gut-wrenching ten minutes that I spent choking and trying not to sob openly in the theatre.  I wasn’t alone; while watching the film I also people-watched those around me for reactions to the gritty, visceral images on screen.  Most were like me… hand in front of the mouth and dabbing away tears with the other.  Powerful stuff.

Broken is one of those movies that I came away from with severely mixed emotions.  I wound up feeling seriously sorry for characters that earlier in the movie I’d found repulsive and then felt horrible for feeling sympathy towards them.  I’m not going to lie… I cried my way all down Long Acre to Leicester Square Station.  Even the day after, I’m still reeling from what happened to the Oswalds, Skunk, Mike… everyone. 

I’ll leave you with the trailer for Broken.  I don’t expect that the movie will have a wide release but if you do come across it, I’d highly recommend it!  For info on showing times and locations, check out the Curzon Cinemas website.


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