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Movie Review – Brighton Rock

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Like most of my press screening films, I went into this one knowing nothing other than its title. In fact, my first impression of the name made me think it was going to be a rock bio picture or at the very least about music in some way. It wasn’t until I was actually walking through the cinema that I saw a film poster for it and realised it was going to a period drama and maybe about gangsters! Again, that’s why I love going in with no clue about these films as you just never know what you’re going to get.

“Adapted from Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel, BRIGHTON ROCK charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding, disadvantaged teenager, hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. At the heart of the story is the anti-hero Pinkie’s relationship with Rose - an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles on evidence linking Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing that Pinkie commits. After the murder, Pinkie seduces Rose, first in an effort to find out how much she knows and latterly to ensure she will not talk to the police. A love story between a murderer and a witness; can Pinkie trust Rose or should he kill her before she talks to the police? Can Rose trust Pinkie or is she next in line?”

Well, the feeling this film left me with was one of disappointment and maybe a little bit of boredom. When I say disappointment, I mean that it felt like it could have taken some interesting twists and turns but instead tended to keep taking the path of least interest. The main character was also the main bad guy and wasn’t exactly someone you felt much empathy for. Talking of empathy, even his girlfriend, and wife later in the movie, was meant to be the character we felt sorry for, but instead the empathy levels for her were also lacking. Throw in a reasonably disappointing ending and you have yourself a film that just wasn’t as good as it looked like it could have been. Yes, it is based on a novel, but there’s no point blaming source material as films often change from their source for that very reason. All up it had some interesting performances but generally it left me with not many good thoughts.

6 out of 10 from me.

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