The Tiger's Tail (2006)
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Deliverance and Tailor of Panama director John Boorman returns to the director's chair for this tale of a hawkish businessman who slowly finds his life being taken over by the twin brother he never knew he had. Liam O'Leary (Brendan Gleeson) is a no-nonsense real-estate developer who isn't above greasing the politician's wheels a bit to get the permits he needs. His 20-year marriage to Jane (Kim Cattrall) has been stale for over a decade, and his adolescent son, Connor (Brian Gleeson), has most
Sep 26, 2006 Wide
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Amateurish technical contrivance isn't this awkward, retro failure's only deficiency.
The world recession has made this suspenseful film bitingly relevant beyond the local problems of the maiming of "The Celtic Tiger."
The Tiger's Tail, like Cassandra's Dream, prominently features a boat that is both symbol of financial attainment and emotional ruin; it also finds a master filmmaker defying the "show, don't tell" principle with almost crippling cynicism.
If there's anything about the movie that really rises above the mediocre, it's Gleeson's fantastic performance.
An almost madcap comic pace battles with thundercloud-building drama . . . The social commentary can be earnest and bald, with the mythic overtones seemingly contrived to tumble O'Leary into the class gap on his arse.
Far from being a roaring, sinewy beast with a lot of bite that the title might suggest, John Boorman's latest has more in common with a lumbering white elephant.
John Boorman's tale of doppelgängers in Dublin would like very much to spook us, but keeps tripping over its loose script and bizarre plot lines.
Not quite a car crash of a movie, Boorman's uneven black comedy is more like a fender-bender. It falls into the twilight zone between so bad it's good and so bad it's bad.
You get two Brendan Gleesons for the price of one in John Boorman's Dublin-set comedy, though neither is shown to his advantage in this uncomfortable mix of social satire and over-ripe melodrama.
Despite Boorman's subtle, suggestive direction and a nice central performance from Gleeson, this low-key thriller never quite works.
Any potential in Boorman's sinister parable is frittered away with awkward dialogue, shallow characters and failed attempts at comedy. A curiosity at best.
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