What Richard Did (2013)
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Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen ("The Killing") in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers' award-winning book "Bad Day in Blackrock." The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen (Reynor), the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people
May 10, 2013 Limited
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You may be shocked by your own reactions to "what Richard did," but you won't soon forget the movie in which he did them.
Abrahamson's penetrating film asks - and does not answer - whether one viciously criminal moment is an aberration, or whether it reveals the weak, shabby person who was there all along.
Mr. Reynor's portrayal of this man-child is an extraordinary screen performance in which his face registers all the conflicting emotions gripping Richard. We see every layer of him, from the scared inner child to the suave, entitled ladies' man.
[Feels] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."
A satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.
Isn't shocking in obvious ways, preferring to stun the audience with an authentic atmosphere of guilt and indecision, investing in the frustration of delayed response over unapologetic manipulation.
What Richard Did paints an evocative portrait of guilt and mourning while also parsing the stickiest notions of guilt and innocence.
The film's structure as a character study helps to subtly underscore the flawed justifications of a privileged kid's thought patterns and unchallenged value system.
With brilliant economy Abrahamson implies that in the case of his nation, as with his film's protagonist, all that glitters is not gold.
Not only is this Irish drama sharply well written and directed, but it also features a jaw-dropping breakout performance by young Irish actorJack Reynor.
The film is a striking portrait of a social class and a low-key allegory about a country in moral crisis.
Measured and thoughtful, What Richard Did rests on the charismatic shoulders of Jack Reynor who maintains our sympathy as his world spins and his true character is tested.
Much of the success is down to unknown actor Jack Reynor's performance as Richard.
What Richard Did is an engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits.
Its power tails away significantly ... but before this the film has a magnificent hold.
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