Cherry Bomb Reviews
This movie was pretty shit. The bad guy was horrible. The acting was bad. Complete 'B' film. Waste of time.
Robert Sheehan does the best acting in this film, but it seems like he's in the wrong movie.
Cherrybomb is essentially a drama about what it means to be young and directionless, hiding your own fears about the future and your place in it beneath a veil of affected boredom, low-key rebellion and aimless randiness. On that front it's moderately successful - the characters are surprisingly well-drawn, the cast do good work (particularly Sheehan) and there's a refreshingly honest thread running throughout the film about how opressive families can be, even the "normal" ones - Malachy is every bit as cowed by the simple fact of a congratulatory dinner with his family celebrating his GCSE results as Luke is by his brother's physical abuse of his drunken father, or Michelle by her father's shagging of one of her best mates. The film manages a hat-trick of three good character studies - no mean feat for a fairly modest "yoof" drama.
Less successful is the film's attempt to pack an emotional punch into its final act. I think the problem is that if you're going to foreshadow the tragedy from the very start, you need to make doubly sure that when it happens, it's extra horrible. What happens at the end of Cherrybomb isn't quite as bad as what I thought was going to happen, and being let off so lightly meant caring less than I should have. I like my tragedy extra-tragic. I like my horrible goings-on painful and slow. This, too, probably says something bad about me.