Shallow Grave Reviews

  • Jun 22, 2017

    Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

    Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

  • Jun 19, 2017

    G 7.8 [Danny Boyle]

    G 7.8 [Danny Boyle]

  • Jan 29, 2017

    Movie night with Iris. I remember disliking this on it's 90's release, but 20-years later i enjoyed it a lot more. Yes all three of them are loathsome, but it's worth hanging in there to see redemption/resolution. Early strong work from Danny Boyle.

    Movie night with Iris. I remember disliking this on it's 90's release, but 20-years later i enjoyed it a lot more. Yes all three of them are loathsome, but it's worth hanging in there to see redemption/resolution. Early strong work from Danny Boyle.

  • Oct 31, 2016

    WHAT I LIKED: The entirety of 'Shallow Grave' drives for the darkest possible humour, and rather surprisingly it often lands. This is particularly the case in the slightly-more-subtle first half where great performances from this stellar crew shine through far more strongly, and the strong direction pay off best. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Unfortunately you're left thinking things have gone a bit too far as it goes on because everything spirals out of control, even though very little actually occurs to get you invested. By the end the plot and humour is so off track that it struggles to make any sort of narrative sense at all. Payoff? A disappointing ending with a weak thematic through-line to match. VERDICT: There's no doubt Boyle is an able film-maker, but his intent here largely gets lost by the end.

    WHAT I LIKED: The entirety of 'Shallow Grave' drives for the darkest possible humour, and rather surprisingly it often lands. This is particularly the case in the slightly-more-subtle first half where great performances from this stellar crew shine through far more strongly, and the strong direction pay off best. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Unfortunately you're left thinking things have gone a bit too far as it goes on because everything spirals out of control, even though very little actually occurs to get you invested. By the end the plot and humour is so off track that it struggles to make any sort of narrative sense at all. Payoff? A disappointing ending with a weak thematic through-line to match. VERDICT: There's no doubt Boyle is an able film-maker, but his intent here largely gets lost by the end.

  • Sep 21, 2016

    Great movie Great soundtrack too

    Great movie Great soundtrack too

  • Feb 12, 2016

    a nice tense little thriller of a movie from Danny Boyle. hadn't seen it before and wanted to watch one of his earlier works and it was good and can tell he was meant to be a director from the start. the performances were done well. Eccleson is the more stand out performance despite McGregor being at the start of his career. worth checking out.

    a nice tense little thriller of a movie from Danny Boyle. hadn't seen it before and wanted to watch one of his earlier works and it was good and can tell he was meant to be a director from the start. the performances were done well. Eccleson is the more stand out performance despite McGregor being at the start of his career. worth checking out.

  • Feb 12, 2016

    Not a terrible film, but also not a terribly good film. It's a clear first step in Boyle's career. It has next to nothing--characters, plot, or action--to really hold your attention or warrant any emotion beyond mild disgust and annoyance. There's a few laughs and a couple decent scares, but it's not a film I'll be likely to recommend to anyone any time soon.

    Not a terrible film, but also not a terribly good film. It's a clear first step in Boyle's career. It has next to nothing--characters, plot, or action--to really hold your attention or warrant any emotion beyond mild disgust and annoyance. There's a few laughs and a couple decent scares, but it's not a film I'll be likely to recommend to anyone any time soon.

  • Feb 01, 2016

    A concise, well-directed thriller with a fantastic story, Shallow Grave is merely passable as a film but proves a fit debut for Danny Boyle, who would go on to have a wildly successful career over the next two decades. Present are Boyle's eye for precision and never is it more apparent (or more glorious) than in the finale of the film. In fact, the finale is such a violent, brilliant culmination of the themes of the movie that it's too bad the rest of the film is merely good, not great.

    A concise, well-directed thriller with a fantastic story, Shallow Grave is merely passable as a film but proves a fit debut for Danny Boyle, who would go on to have a wildly successful career over the next two decades. Present are Boyle's eye for precision and never is it more apparent (or more glorious) than in the finale of the film. In fact, the finale is such a violent, brilliant culmination of the themes of the movie that it's too bad the rest of the film is merely good, not great.

  • Jan 23, 2016

    The Scottish version of Blood Simple.

    The Scottish version of Blood Simple.

  • Sep 04, 2015

    Danny Boyle's 1994 debut film and the same team that later made Trainspotting. Shallow Grave is a pretty simple, yet very well made film about three friends living in a flat in Scotland that discover the corpse of their new roommate (with a questionable background) and a suitcase full of money tucked away under the bed. Instead of calling the police and thus lose the money; they hatched a plan to dispose of the stiff in the woods and hide the money in the loft. All seems well and it doesn't seem to phase them that this suitcase full of money could have an even more questionable background than the dead man who owned it. And pretty soon the tension begins to rise as the police start asking questions and two remorseless killers are hot on their trail. Featuring Ewan McGregor in his first leading role, this film is thick with unsettling atmosphere that gets under your skin without being too grotesque. The soundtrack gives that "my mind is twisting into insanity" vibe that very well expresses the feelings of the main character and storyteller played by Christopher Eccleston. Everyone in the film gives a great performance that's very gripping with well written dialogue that adds alot of depth to the characters. It begins like a comedy then slowly drifts into something far more serious until it's no laughing matter anymore. This works really well because it shows the diversity these actors have as their characters go from having everything going right to everything going wrong.

    Danny Boyle's 1994 debut film and the same team that later made Trainspotting. Shallow Grave is a pretty simple, yet very well made film about three friends living in a flat in Scotland that discover the corpse of their new roommate (with a questionable background) and a suitcase full of money tucked away under the bed. Instead of calling the police and thus lose the money; they hatched a plan to dispose of the stiff in the woods and hide the money in the loft. All seems well and it doesn't seem to phase them that this suitcase full of money could have an even more questionable background than the dead man who owned it. And pretty soon the tension begins to rise as the police start asking questions and two remorseless killers are hot on their trail. Featuring Ewan McGregor in his first leading role, this film is thick with unsettling atmosphere that gets under your skin without being too grotesque. The soundtrack gives that "my mind is twisting into insanity" vibe that very well expresses the feelings of the main character and storyteller played by Christopher Eccleston. Everyone in the film gives a great performance that's very gripping with well written dialogue that adds alot of depth to the characters. It begins like a comedy then slowly drifts into something far more serious until it's no laughing matter anymore. This works really well because it shows the diversity these actors have as their characters go from having everything going right to everything going wrong.