The Tiger's Tail Reviews

  • May 30, 2013

    Imbalanced but enjoyable social critique of a thriller--The Tiger's Tail is entertaining!!

    Imbalanced but enjoyable social critique of a thriller--The Tiger's Tail is entertaining!!

  • Oct 13, 2012

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  • Apr 11, 2012

    Unexpected conclusion which lead away from the expected clique black and white plot. Work's well if you like the Physiological Thriller that makes your skin crawl. Or maybe I was just watching movies too late at night again.

    Unexpected conclusion which lead away from the expected clique black and white plot. Work's well if you like the Physiological Thriller that makes your skin crawl. Or maybe I was just watching movies too late at night again.

  • Mar 09, 2012

    the sex and the city star seems miscast in this twinish double double pic.

    the sex and the city star seems miscast in this twinish double double pic.

  • Nov 24, 2011

    An annoying mystery turns social drama.

    An annoying mystery turns social drama.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Jun 28, 2010

    "The Tiger's Tail" starts in the middle of a massive traffic jam that has Liam O'Leary(Brendan Gleeson, great in a dual role) who is on his way to accept an award. This is happening just as his bid was denied to build a soccer stadium and as he is possibly losing his mind when he spots a mirror image of himself walking in the road. He turns out to be real when he accosts Liam in a bathroom, giving some unnerving news that sends him first to his mother(Moira Deady) and then to his older sister Oona(Sinead Cusack) who in reality gave birth to him when she was 15 in London where she left behind his twin. "The Tiger's Tail" is a daft concoction with possibly the mother of all midlife crises that while unpredictable does also tend to rely on the odd contrivance to keep the story moving. As grounded as the movie is, it might also have been interesting if it had taken a supernatural approach. What it is concerned with is identity in a country where there is a huge disparity between rich and poor, like everywhere else. Since this is Ireland, the subject of the divided country lies just beneath the surface. As far as the divided man goes, the double thinks Liam's life could have been his but then Liam is pretty much a self made man.

    "The Tiger's Tail" starts in the middle of a massive traffic jam that has Liam O'Leary(Brendan Gleeson, great in a dual role) who is on his way to accept an award. This is happening just as his bid was denied to build a soccer stadium and as he is possibly losing his mind when he spots a mirror image of himself walking in the road. He turns out to be real when he accosts Liam in a bathroom, giving some unnerving news that sends him first to his mother(Moira Deady) and then to his older sister Oona(Sinead Cusack) who in reality gave birth to him when she was 15 in London where she left behind his twin. "The Tiger's Tail" is a daft concoction with possibly the mother of all midlife crises that while unpredictable does also tend to rely on the odd contrivance to keep the story moving. As grounded as the movie is, it might also have been interesting if it had taken a supernatural approach. What it is concerned with is identity in a country where there is a huge disparity between rich and poor, like everywhere else. Since this is Ireland, the subject of the divided country lies just beneath the surface. As far as the divided man goes, the double thinks Liam's life could have been his but then Liam is pretty much a self made man.

  • Dec 27, 2009

    I loved Brendan Gleeson in the movie In Bruges, and I loved him in The Tiger's Tail. Actually this one has a pretty improbable plot and is more of a vehicle for good acting and suspense . . . but I was engaged throughout and never got bored. Suspend your disbelief in the idea of an identical, hitherto-unknown twin, and just enjoy the damn movie, all right? Also, it's Irish, which is a nice plus.

    I loved Brendan Gleeson in the movie In Bruges, and I loved him in The Tiger's Tail. Actually this one has a pretty improbable plot and is more of a vehicle for good acting and suspense . . . but I was engaged throughout and never got bored. Suspend your disbelief in the idea of an identical, hitherto-unknown twin, and just enjoy the damn movie, all right? Also, it's Irish, which is a nice plus.

  • Dec 23, 2009

    John Boorman is one of the forgotten greats of directing. Aside from his Exorcist II pretty much everything else has been a decent watch from the hillbilly horror of Deliverance through to the child-like whimsy of Hope and Glory he knows how to come up with the goodies. Teaming up again with his The General star Brendan Gleeson, Boorman has crafted a well acted but too often frustrating tale about a businessman who may or may not have a lookalike stalking him. Frustrating in that for awhile it becomes too convenient and plays more like a tacky Hollywood thriller where someone is taking over the life of another. I didnt buy into Kim Cattrall's wife sleeping with the twin and not sussing. Twins may look alike but surely they are not alike in ALL departments!!!!!

    John Boorman is one of the forgotten greats of directing. Aside from his Exorcist II pretty much everything else has been a decent watch from the hillbilly horror of Deliverance through to the child-like whimsy of Hope and Glory he knows how to come up with the goodies. Teaming up again with his The General star Brendan Gleeson, Boorman has crafted a well acted but too often frustrating tale about a businessman who may or may not have a lookalike stalking him. Frustrating in that for awhile it becomes too convenient and plays more like a tacky Hollywood thriller where someone is taking over the life of another. I didnt buy into Kim Cattrall's wife sleeping with the twin and not sussing. Twins may look alike but surely they are not alike in ALL departments!!!!!

  • Nov 20, 2009

    This is a UK film starring Brendan Gleeson and is brilliant and intriguing and doesn't wear out it's welcome. I will say though, I think if some people aren't familiar with British slang, they will be confused about some bits of dialogue, but am sure it won't prevent them from enjoying it. With that said, the introduction of all the characters is a but haphazardly handled in the beginning, but the characteriaztions are strong and the acting, especially Gleeson, is great.

    This is a UK film starring Brendan Gleeson and is brilliant and intriguing and doesn't wear out it's welcome. I will say though, I think if some people aren't familiar with British slang, they will be confused about some bits of dialogue, but am sure it won't prevent them from enjoying it. With that said, the introduction of all the characters is a but haphazardly handled in the beginning, but the characteriaztions are strong and the acting, especially Gleeson, is great.

  • scott g Super Reviewer
    Nov 12, 2009

    john boorman teams up again with brendan gleeson, as a wealthy dublin businessman,who starts to see a double of him self, events take a turn for the worse, when said double, doestake over his life, leaving him, trying to prove himself, with questions to be answered. gleeson is great to watch, and the story runs along nicely, with some great moments of drama

    john boorman teams up again with brendan gleeson, as a wealthy dublin businessman,who starts to see a double of him self, events take a turn for the worse, when said double, doestake over his life, leaving him, trying to prove himself, with questions to be answered. gleeson is great to watch, and the story runs along nicely, with some great moments of drama