The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It's a prison film and a social-realist picture of the Loachian school: fierce, unsentimental, engrossing.
Frank Berry's Irish prison film Michael Inside... is a stripped back and unrelenting take on the sub-genre focusing on the long-term effects of incarceration and drug involvement on Ireland's youth
It's cautionary and terrifying with a tough fatalistic ending.
Good research must have helped Berry attain his 20/20 peripheral vision. No minutia or refraction-of-a-minutia seems false.
Stunningly acted, never didactic and yet provoking endless important questions, Michael Inside is a searing portrait of a damaged system, and the boys we lose to it.
Berry has a clear vision of our social problems; his film opens the doors of our prison system and draws the viewer inside.
It's moving, emotionally gripping and every scene has the ring of truth.
It's insightful and compassionate without ever being mawkish about people we perhaps all too easily choose to write off.
It's no easy watch, that's for sure -- but it's an important one. Stellar Irish film-making.
It is the generous humanism underlying the documentary realism that sets the film apart.
[Frank] Berry directs with the eye of a documentary maker but could show plenty of others a thing or two about keeping the tension in a drama from start to finish.
Teenagers who have encountered the sharp end of the system, even to a lesser degree, will find much to relate to here.
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