Donnybrook (2019)



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Three desperate souls must fight their way out of a dead-end world in this bracing, gut-punching glimpse into America's dark underbelly. Earl (Jamie Bell) is a struggling ex-marine and father determined to make a better life for his family--no matter what it takes. Angus (Frank Grillo) is a violent, unhinged drug dealer who leaves a trail of death and destruction in his wake. And Delia (Margaret Qualley) is a haunted woman who will do anything to escape a life of crime she can no longer bear. In their kill-or-be-killed world, all roads lead to the Donnybrook: an illicit backwoods cage match where bare-knuckled fighters brawl for a shot at a $100,000 prize. It's either a last-ditch chance at redemption--or a death sentence. Blending unflinching brutality with dreamlike lyricism, director Tim Sutton conjures a mesmerizing, visceral vision of life on the extreme margins.


Frank Grillo
as Chainsaw Angus
Jamie Bell
as Jarhead Earl
Margaret Qualley
as Delia Angus

Critic Reviews for Donnybrook

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The apocalyptic vision of the heartland created by Sutton and his cast (based on the novel by Frank Bill) is impressively convincing, even if the themes are often overstated and the film itself is very hard to watch.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If Sutton's aim is to give these people a voice, he has not only failed, but he has gone further and reduced them to inchoate caricatures.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A repellent mixture of Malick-like dreaminess, Scorsese-esque brutality and the lurid shock/schlock of William Faulkner in Sanctuary mode.

Sep 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Dark [and] bruise-inducingly poetic...

Sep 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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How do you manage to make [this] premise - which I was happily on board with until the first 10 minutes dragged by - as boring as this is?

Dec 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Donnybrook is a powerful film that throws punches and pulls none.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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