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Release (2010)




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Written and Directed by the creators of SHANK , Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin, RELEASE is a love story with signature twists and turns. Thematically exploring the the hypocrisy that society thrives on and that fuels prejudice and hatred. Emotionally rich and varied the story seeks to touch upon the honesty of true love and the deception of ideology, theology and morality. Father Jack Gillie (Daniel Brocklebank) enters prison a guilty man, convicted for a crime that sees the Church abandon him, his congregation desert him and his faith challenged. His fellow inmates believe he's been convicted of paedophilia and begin to plant the seed of doubt into the mind of his teenage cellmate, Rook (Wayne Virgo). After rescuing Rook from a beating Jack now becomes the inmates prey. Protection comes in the unlikely form of a prison officer, Martin (Garry Summers) with whom Jack falls in love and together they embark on a dangerous and illicit affair behind cell doors. As trust forms between the two men so Jack feels enabled to confess the truth behind the crime for which he has been imprisoned. Emboldened by Jack's honesty the two men plan their lives together post Jack's release. Prison gang leader Max (Bernie Hodges) , however has ulterior objections and sets about ruining this relationship and manipulates the Governess, Heather (Dymphna Skehill), into suspending Martin for misconduct after disclosing the affair. Alone and vulnerable Jack is now tormented and hunted by Max who takes revenge on him for his crime. Waking from the near fatal actions of Max, Jack keeps his head down and bides his time comforted by letters of love and support from Martin - delivered with disgust and loathing by one of Martin's colleagues. With the end of his sentence in sight Jack readies himself for a new life and a new beginning with Martin. The only obstacle to this tabula rasa remains Max and Father Elliott (Dave Jones) the Church's messenger sent to establish what Jack's intentions are once free... --© TLAmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Darren Flaxstone, Christian Martin
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On DVD: Dec 21, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Release

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

A predictable yet poetic reflection on faith, hypocrisy and the weight of conscience.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

You'll soon be wishing to be released from your theater seat.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Swoony [and] ill-digested.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Top Critic

The solemn themes and dead-earnest execution soon drag an unusual spin on an old story of intolerance into the dank generic gutter.

Full Review… | September 28, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Perhaps the biggest problem is that there's nothing we haven't seen before: shower room shenanigans, cruel wardens and holy innocents marching towards an unconvincing date with destiny.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The thuddingly sincere dialogue, one-dimensional characterisation and occasionally wobbly performances turn ... sincere intentions into the stuff of cheesy melodrama.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Release

I enjoyed "Shank" and was excited to see the creators at the helm of this movie, but it was short lived! Poorly executed time sequence combined with over used plot line almost made the movie unbearable! Wayne Virgo gives the only note worthy performance in a dull movie.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Muddled execution of a not uninteresting idea.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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