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Glassland (2014/Film Movement DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: B

Gerard Barrett's (Pilgrim Hill) debuts his second feature Glassland (2014), a dark modern drama that was a hit with the critics last year (it had high praise at Sundance), which is no surprise as it's the kind of film that most critics love.

Featuring stunning cinematography, the film crafts realism from its strong screenplay and has great performances to back it up by Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), and Will Poulter (Son of Rambow). Mixing a family drama with some dark thematic elements from Scorsese's Taxi Driver, the film takes place in Dublin and deals with poverty, crime, alcoholism, and a son that will do anything it takes for his mother.

John (Reynor) is a family man who lives with his alcoholic Mother (Collette) to whom he struggles to care for. When she has a bad spill and he has to get her medical help, he struggles to pay the bills, has to offer up his services to a criminal in order to help get the money possible to fend for his family and pay their expenses.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic 2.35:1 X 1 widescreen transfer and a sharp, if lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound track that pushes the limits of the format.

Extras include...

Interviews with the Director Gerard Barrett and stars Jack Reynor and Will Poulter

Bonus Short Film

If you're a fan of hard hitting dramas, then this one should be added to your list.

- James Lockhart



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