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Straightheads (Closure)

Straightheads (Closure) (2007)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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Director Dan Reed's revenge thriller Straightheads constitutes a long, penetrating meditation on the psychological fallout experienced by two attack victims. This cathartically ultraviolent picture opens on a deceptively placid note - with romance blossoming between Alice (Gillian Anderson) and a much younger electrician, Adam (Danny Dyer). When the pair's relaxing sojourn at a country estate leads to a skirmish with a trio of backwoods toughs, Danny is beaten unconscious and scarred, and Alice

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sep 18, 2007

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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It's clear from the start this isn't a revenge drama that's going to wimp out at the end.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The film is a shallow study of the ~intoxicating allure of violence', with a few gratuitous tit shots thrown in for good measure.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Straightheads is as shallow as a puddle and forgoes anything approaching realism in favour of OTT violence and needless gore.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

...a low-key drama disguised as a revenge thriller...

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

About how some of us would be willing to sell our souls to protect our loved ones if we had to...

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film looks professional and has a relatively big-name star in Gillian Anderson, but the screenplay - written by director Dan Reed - doesn't make a single bit of sense.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Feels like an experiment in suspense and violence that doesn't actually tell us anything

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A repellent, ill-thought-through feature.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Masculinity in Crisis, part 364.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Payback involving a shotgun, a kitchen table and a heap of pain.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Even if Straightheads looks as if it was made for about 4, it(TM)s been a long time since someone was brave enough to make a such a movie.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Make no mistake: this lo-fi rape-revenge Brit flick wants to shock you.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Country rapists have their way with Gillian Anderson and poke Danny Dyer's eye out. The duo want payback.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This nasty and nonsensical rape-revenge thriller is a feature-length exercise in wrongness.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Straightheads has the pornographic ingredients of a first-rate cult thriller.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Where's Mulder when you need him.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

Anderson bares (almost) all in this flawed but fitfully fascinating thriller with a comical, if less compelling, turn from Danny Dyer.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The violence may be too strong for some but this is worth seeing for a terrific performance by Gillian Anderson.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Exploitative and depressing.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Straightheads (Closure)

This film starts well and Danny Dyer does tend to play Danny Dyer in most of his films, it's the pairing with Gillian Anderson that makes this one a little different. Good plot to the story, violent and brutal - following the craze of vigilante movies over the last few years. The revenge part, though slightly disappoints, is predictable and a bit of an anti-climax, I would have liked to have seen a few twists in this, but it is a watchable film.
January 28, 2011
76Majikat

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Gillian Anderson & Danny Dyer star in Closure (aka Straightheads). A single successful meets a security alarm professional and they both are attracted to one another. After leaving a party out of town the night unravels to be horrible and then the view...an eye for an eye becomes what is being focused on.
March 20, 2009
mwilliams078
Mason Williams

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While there is some interesting character changes in the flick the rest of the movie is crappy. A little too brutal. Mostly just boring.
Not recommended.
February 6, 2009
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

Goes for a more literal depiction of revenge as opposed to something deep or meaningful. Anderson and Dyer are both excellent but their characters are shoddy at best. There's a role reversal but Anderson's comes from out of nowhere as she is affected by somebody trying to explain why they raped her. Still she gets her revenge and freaks out when Dyer goes for his. Dyer's character at least has some more complex emotions going on but the film wreaks of desperation as it tries to be some social commentary. The ending may be realistically fitting but it is the last shot which is plain hilarious. "Ooooh it's so deap" no it's just a filmmaker without any real vision of his own.At 80 minutes it is worth a watch, just don't expect to be satisfied. Watch Straw Dogs or Dead Mans Shoes instead.
September 11, 2008
kiriyamakazou

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