What Richard Did (2013)
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 closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. (c) Tribeca … More
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Critic Reviews for What Richard Did
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.
Newcomer Jack Reynor gives a startling, star-making performance in the slow-burn Irish drama What Richard Did... Consider this indie his Queens Boulevard, if you will.
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.
Audience Reviews for What Richard Did
What Richard Did is a lesson in subtle film making. The events are made even more terrifying by the fact that they are very normal and seem quite unexceptional. Richard is a very real character, we all know one and maybe some of us are like him. There is nothing extraordinary about him which makes for quite a chilling revelation and turn of events. Although it's not the intended genre, this is pure horror. The film raised many questions about youth, parenting and society in general. I love Lenny Abrahamson's films, they're about reality and the wonderful, strange and terrifying sides of normality.
This Irish feature seems to aim for the ice-cold detachment of Bruno Dumont but ultimately comes off more like a well performed after-school special. It's title character is a popular young Dublin rugby player who accidentally kills another teen in a drunken brawl. Director Lenny Abrahamson opts for the usual easy targets wheeled out by conservatives, (drinking, underage sex, foreign influences) rather than exploring the dog-eat-dog culture of it's South Dublin middle-class setting. Jack Reynor is impressive in the title role but it's a film that feels indecisive rather than ambiguous.More
Based on True Events centering on the youth of Modern Day Ireland, 'What Richard Did' is a fine intelligent and absorbing drama, following the tough times of an adolescent involved in a violent incident that may change him forever. The film never over exaggerates its bleak tones among its smooth scripting, deft editing and fine performances from such a gifted cast. Highly recommened for the most persistant viewer in search of realistic drama on such a suttle and refreshing scale.More
Strikingly acted and impressively made film that for me stood alongside narratively similar films like Mean Creek and, especially, Paranoid Park, exploring how one moment can change someone irrevocably on the inside (though perhaps not on the outside). Jack Reynor is outstanding.More
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