Post by jno on Jan 6, 2017 0:11:07 GMT
This is an interesting film and couldn't be further from Minder and Arthur's car lot than a intergalactic trip to a parallel universe. That said, with Patrick Malahide and Edward Woodward on the cast list I just had to give it a whirl. They would later go on to star in the BBC's 'Five Days' together (a thread exists here for this) and you couldn't ask for two finer actors. Neither fail to impress here and put on faultless performances as always.
All set some time in the 18th century in Ireland, Patrick Malahide plays a character called Sir Miles, who is responsible for running 'The Abduction Club' - a clandestine group of young men who are not in line to inherit anything from their family estate. As a result their must abduct an heiress who is on line to inherit wealth and convince them to marry.
It's a bit of a ridiculous plot but the film does mention it is all based on true events. Edward Woodward plays the attorney general, not the nicest of characters and a bit of a nasty in this.
Although Patrick Malahide is pretty high up the cast list he is not the lead and the story is based around four young actors: Daniel Lapaine (who plays Garrett Byrne), my fellow Welsh Matthew Rhys (who plays James Strang) who are out to win the affections of Alice Evans (who plays Catherine Kennedy) and her sister Sophia Myles (who plays Anne Kennedy).
This is a period drama/action film with a bit of subtle comedy thrown in for good measure and the film quickly turns into a pretty long horseback chase, with pistols, across some very scenic Irish countryside. There is some mild violence but nothing that upsets you too much.
Another recognisable boat race is Liam Cunningham who plays the main villain of the piece, a nasty bloke with too much power called (believe it or not) John Power.
Despite the seemingly implausible type plot and this not being the sort of thing I might normally watch, I really quite enjoyed it. It is a bit like Downton Abbey but with action, ale swigging, horseback chases, death, cutthroat betrayal coupled with fist fights and pistols - all good fun if you're willing to give it a spin I say. Patrick Malahide is on top form as always and again proves his versatility in a role you'd never imagine him doing.
6/10- this film certainly didn't change my life, but watching two of my favourite actors in the same scene together I was rubbing my hands together and loving it. It won't be everyone's cuppa tea but Malahide and Woodward are enough reason to tune into anything I say. I wasn't proven wrong here.
IMDb link: www.imdb.com/title/tt0264333/